Janapada Loka / Folk Art Museum

Ramanagara, Karnataka





anapada Loka or "Folk world" or "Folk-culture World" is a folk museum that has an exclusive display of the village folk arts of Karnataka.

H. L. Nage Gowda, an Indian civil servant and folklorist thought of creating a museum to exhibit the varied folk art and culture of Karnataka. Accordingly Karnataka Janapada Parishat (Janapada Academy) was first established on 21 March 1979. Gowda and his friends continued collecting antiques for this institution for the next three decades. The current museum land in Bangalore-Mysore highway was bought on 12 March 1994.

Janapada Loka is divided into separate wings — Folk arts museum, Loka Mahal, Chitra Kuteera, Doddamane, Shilamala, Arghyamala etc. The museum has a collection of 5,000 folk artefacts.


Janapada Loka is established on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus, where "rural milieus from Karnataka" have been recreated. It also houses a plethora of rural artifacts which bring out the theme of "folk literature, music, dance, festivals, sculpture and lifestyle".

The museum provides an opportunity for rural artisans, musicians and craftspeople to showcase their art and provides a platform for marketing these works of art. Books, DVDs and CDs relating to folk arts are also sold at the Information Center.

The Janapada Loka campus consists of a decorated gate, a short road with display of mannequins of folk artists, symbols of traditional tribal worship, Lokamatha Mandira, Loka Mahal, Chitra Kuteera, Janapada Library, Shilamala, Ayagaramala, puppet theater, open air theater and Loka Sarovara or lake .



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