Protect traditional folk arts: Prof Reddy

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Tirupati, Feb 16: Stressing the need for protecting the traditional folk arts in the country, Folklore Society of South Indian Languages General Secretary Prof N Bhaktavatyala Reddy said ''various forms of folk arts were badly affected by changes due to globalisation.''

Delivering the keynote address at the two-day 'National Seminar on Folk Poetry- Arts and Social Benefits' here yesterday, he said ''the society had submitted a proposal to Andhra Pradesh government to set up a Folklore Academy in the state, like the one in Karnataka.''

He said various folk arts were getting support from the governments of Karnataka and Kerala. However, the Tamil Nadu government and the public were not cooperating enough to save the traditional art forms, he added. As many as 160 various folk arts were identified by the society in Andhra Pradesh, while some others were yet to be identified, he said.

The first PhD in folk was given in 1957 by Osmania University, and so far 400 PhDs had been awarded in the state, he added The seminar, jointly organised by UGC and Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), was inaugurated by SVU Vice-Chancellor Prof Ch Ratnam.

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