Web Folk Sessions
We started by posting a series of folk singing sessions during the COVID-19 lockdown. While the aim was to help people understand and learn folk music, we, in turn, gained abundant learnings of our own.
Performance is an inherently political act that has the potential to reflect on current socio-political situations and to create a space to engage with them.
Our journey into the realm of folk has taken us to uncharted territories and has given us the opportunity to interact with and build connections with spectacular artists who have allowed us a space in their lives. So far, it is these experiences, learnings and reflections that have led to our productions, often contextualised to suit urban sensibilities.
While our growth has been slow and organic, we have been extremely fortunate to have our efforts recognised and acknowledged by the media, festivals, and some admirable institutions.
Urban Folk Project is an initiative to archive folk art forms in Karnataka. We want to use elements of these forms to build bodies of works that engage an urban audience with folk art practices. This initiative began as a means to bring lesser known folk forms and artists to the fore.
Our belief system is anchored around a collaboration and the creative commons. We feel that the way to create art is to use what we know and explore the connections that can be made by making the folk and so called contemporary collide.
In this light, Karnataka offers up a rich tapestry of knowledge, which we hope to archive and showcase in a way that respects the form and its practitioners. We have been fortunate to meet inspiring and experienced practitioners across Karnataka. We hope to make it up to our past and future mentors by making folk a part of the contemporary.