Life, tradition of Koraga community documented

Life, tradition of Koraga community documented

Members of Koraga community engaged in weaving baskets.

A comprehensive video documentation of Koraga life and culture was recently carried out by Regional Resources Centre for Folk Performing Arts, MAHE, at Bommarabettu village near Hiriyadka.

The documentation took palce in Koragara Koppa of Padubhaga Mane.

“It was a thorough documentation of the preparation of various baskets, and other domestic articles which Koragas prepare out of a certain kind of creeper available in forest area,” according to a press release issued by Coordinator Prof Varadesh Hiregange.

The team documented art and craft of the community. The process of preparing domestic articles like Hedige (Pudaayi), Gerase (thadpe), Kudpu, Thattikudpu and Perarpikuruve--different kinds of baskets and handicrafts woven by the Koraga community were documented.

Different stages of preparation -- from the beginning till the final product – called by different names such as Booru Keesunu, Booru Piresunu, Badi Kattuvudu (Aru Kattunu) - were also documented.

The culture of Koraga community, their belief system, rituals associated with birth, puberty, marriage, death etc., were also elaborately documented through conversation with the community members.

Vasu, Sampa, Pavithra, Ganesh, Manju, Gulabi, Gowri from the community participated in this process.

On behalf of Regional Resources Centre Folk Performing Arts, MAHE, Folk scholar K L Kundanthaya, Coordinator Prof Varadesh Hiregange, Lachendra and Miss Bharathi carried out the documentation process.

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