Mangaluru, April 15, 2016: A project under the Janapada Loka project of the Department of Kannada and Culture, which was allocated Rs 4.98 crore with Rs 1.49 being released in the first phase effectively utilised this fund and the Guttu house has been developed as a museum.
Each and every room in the Guttu house is transformed in an authentic manner, so as to represent the original glory of guttu houses in ancient Tulunadu. Articles like ‘kalembi’, ‘mene’, ‘marige’ and ritual properties are exhibited in their respective places. A replica of a ‘chowki’, a Yakshagana green room – with life-size mannequins – is facilitated with an audio-visual system.
This apart, there are other Yakshagana mannequins of various characters. In a setup featuring a story-telling grand mother, different stories can be listened through the audio system, by pressing different buttons.
The same facility is provided at the room featuring folk arts. Documentaries on the preparation of palm jaggery and ‘akki mudi’ (rice packs) are played in two kiosks. A video projection room too has facilities to watch documentaries. Also, the real materials are kept near the kiosks. A sandalwood stand is placed at the ‘chavadi’ or veranda of the Guttu house, where the visitors can rub a piece of sandalwood against a stone and feel the fragrance.
Prof B A Vivek Rai, Pilikula Heritage Village Subcommittee president, said, “Two more kiosks will be installed at the Guttu house. There are plans to conduct subject specific exhibitions at the Guttu house, once in a month or a fortnight. A suggestion has been placed to form a research team and gather feedback of visitors.”
Artist Shashidhar Adapa who has designed the artifacts in the museum, said that a team of around 100 artistes has worked on the museum. “It took full eight months. A thorough study was done before recreating the artifacts. For instance, the ‘Pattada mancha’ at the Guttu house is a replica of the one kept at Aladangadi Ajila Palace, which is 150 years old. Replicas of various other items, too, are placed in the museum,” he explained.
‘Bisukani’ was exhibited on the occasion of ‘Bisu’ or ‘Saura Yugadi’. DK DC Adoor B Ibrahim, Dr Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama Governing Council Chairman, and S A Prabhakar Sharma, Pilikula Nisargadhama Executive Director, were present.
The Guttu house of Dr Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama is open for general public from April 14.