Kannur | The Kerala Folklore Akademi (KFA), an autonomous corporate body under the cultural department, has chalked out a year-long programmes for 2015-2016, said KFA Chairman, Prof B Mahamood Ahmed.
Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Mahamood Ahmed said the KFA has decided to strengthen the activities with a modern vision and a campaign would highlight the message of Nalla Bhoomi-Nalla Nadu (good earth- good village). As part of this campaign seminars, workshop, awareness programmes at educational institutions, organic farming exhibitions would be organised across the State in various intervals.
He said the State Government has allotted Rs 1.75 crore under plan grant to the KFA for this year Mr Mahamood Ahmed said folk lore artist meet will be organized in all districts and accept applications from them for providing welfare and pension assistance. KFA also decided to release a directory contains the details of all folklorists of the State. A workshop will organized in August at Kannur for Theyyam aritists.
He said state-level inauguration of School folklore clubs will be organize at Kozhikode on June 30. The dying Adivais arts will identified and document it and a Adivasi handicrafts workshop will be conducted at Waynad district.
Mr M Pradeep Kumar, Secretary of KFA said, the renovated museum at Headquarters in Kannur would inaugurated in November. A touch screen facility will be introduced in museum with an aim to giveknowledge about the Theyyams and other art forms. Nirmidhi Kendra had contructed the museum at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh.
He also said the first phase construction works, estimated to cost of Rs eight crore, for Travancore Folk Village at Kottayam will be completed on December 30. Onam National Festival will be organized with the support of South Zone Cultural Centre at various parts of the State.
Seminars and Nattarivuthusavam will be conduct favouring to Non residents of Kerala at abroad countries and other States. A Basthar workshop will be conducted during January 1 to 20 at Kannur, in which traditional craftsman from North India will participate.