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How BuDa Folklore Is Leading A Folk Revival In Rural Karnataka

Night has fallen over Angadibail forest in the foothills of the Western Ghats.

Somewhere in the cluster of dense trees, a group of young people are seated around a woman on a makeshift stage, listening wide-eyed as she narrates an age-old story from her tribe. Bathed in the glow of the lanterns, the woman looks striking in a wrap-around saree, hair neatly coiled into a bun, and with a neck full of beaded ornaments, shoulder bands, and multiple bangles on both hands. “She sat with her lantern, her face basking under its glow, under the starlit sky, on the stage which was to later become our bed, walking us through the stories of Vakkal Gowda and Devvada Kathe,” recounts Vaishnavi Prabhu, one of the people in the audience. “I have very little knowledge of Kannada, but Padmavati akka’s expressions and gestures had me transfixed. I have never seen anyone enjoy their own act so much – she couldn’t stop laughing,…

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