Mangaluru, Dec 27, 2016: The two-day tribal festival being held at Town Hall here has unravelled the splendour of tribal art and culture of the state while also highlighting the efforts put in to preserve the uniqueness of the tribal culture in this scenario of globalisation, privatisation and modernisation.
Nevertheless modernity has not left the tribal art untouched as was evident during the presentation by as many as 42 tribal teams at Town Hall. Many teams were using the modern day musical instruments to accompany their teams’ performances.
The Siddi community distinct to Uttara Kannada district, the Koraga tribals of the coastal belt, Soligas of old Mysuru region, Jenu Kurubas and Kadu Kurubas have through their cultural organisations presented shows wherein every effort has been made to retain the originality both in terms of performance as well as musical instruments used.
Though the Siddi tribals have presently amalgamated themselves in thee religions they have not forgotten their roots and culture, says Juliana Fernandes, Member of Karnataka Janapada Academy who herself belongs to the Mundagodu Siddi community. The Siddi tribals who mostly prefer to remain in the lap of Mother Nature, have this time bagged the Rajyotsava Award and Folk award for their rich cultural heritage.
The two-day event is organised by Union Tribal Affairs Ministry and introduced tribal art and culture to people of the coastal district. Sobina Mothes Siddi, Rajyotsava and Janapada Academy award winner too danced along with folk artistes during the event.