BuDa Folklore works under the guidance of Janapada Vishva Pratishtana while independently conducting educational and experiential programs.
Founded in 2006, Janapada Vishwa Pratishtana is a Non-Governmental Organisation registered under the Indian Trust Act. It is dedicated to the conservation, development and promotion of the cultural and natural environment of the Uttar Kannada region, in the state of Karnataka, India. It works with a philanthropic approach to research, document, revive and protect the ethnic culture, traditions, arts and crafts of the region in an ecological and socially sustainable manner.
The founding trustees have been engaged in this mission for the last 45 years, even prior to formalising their efforts under a legal entity - Janapada Vishwa Pratishtana. Their commitment towards documenting and publishing the Uttar Kannada folklore has resulted in 80+ published books, a folklore museum and a folk medicinal garden. They also established a small centre for folklore research and study by curating a vast database with rare photographs, video and audio collection.
BuDa Folklore has been built on that data base and a focussed initiative within JVP with a single goal of taking all the work related to the indigenous communities to the next level.
Dr. N.R. Naik and Shanti Nayak are well-known folklore scholars in Karnataka, with 45 years of experience working with various aspects of folk culture. They have been documenting folk traditions and oral heritage of the Uttar Kannada region including study research and documentation of various tribes and local ethnic groups namely Halakki, Siddi, Kareokkalu, Gamokkalu, Gowlis, Ambigas, Haller, Aager, Havyaka and Nadavru. They are among the first to start a folklore publication called "Janapada Prakashana” in 1982 with the intention to disseminate their field findings to a larger interested audience.
They have dedicated their entire life to spread folklore knowledge in various ways. Together they have authored over 80 books in Kannada on topics like folk games, arts, songs, dance, food, drinks, rituals, ceremonies, festivals, gods, medicinal plants, folk healer, costumes, ornaments etc. These books are prescribed as text books in universities like Karnataka University and Kuvempu University for study purposes. These books and their relentless work have also won many awards and honours.
Dr N.R.Naik and Shanthi Nayak were awarded Karnataka’s most prestigious award ‘Rajyotsava Prashasti' in 2009 and 2013 with other numerous awards for their life time work on folklore.
The Rajyotsava Prashasti or Rajyotsava Award is the second highest civilian honour of the state of Karnataka in India. The Attimabbe Award is another prestigious award instituted by the
Government of Karnataka honoured to Shanti Nayak in 2020.