Karnataka government today launched an institute to promote various folklore arts at Gotagodi village in Haveri district of the state.
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the University of Folklore Art, which would offer more than 50 certificate courses in various forms of folklore.
During the current academic year, six study centres and three certificate courses would be started, Gowda said.
Veteran folklore artiste Ambalike Hiriyanna, who has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the university, claimed that this institute is the first such in the world.
Mr Hiriyanna said the state has an estimated 187 folklore arts.
Ministers Basavaraj Bommai, Govind Karjol, C M Udasi and Jagadish Shettar were present.