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Folk Art Museum

Timings, Entrance Fee and Contact
Janapada Museums, Manasagangotri, Mysore
 
Timings : 8.30 AM to 6.00 PM all the days. 
Entrance Fee : Rs. 15/ Adults Children Rs. 5

Phone : 0821.2447046


Built by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wodeyar for his eldest daughter in 1905 at a cost of about Rs. 7  lakh.
 
Also called as  Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion (Manasa Gangothri)

The folklore museum that contains representative collections of art and crafts from allover Karnataka. The museum was founded in 1968. It is located in the University of Mysore in the Manasagangothri campus in the The Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion. Since its foundation the University of Mysore has contributed to study of folklore, and the museum has been developed to its present level by scholars such as P.R. Thippeswamy, Javeregowda  and Jeesham Paramashivaiah.

P.R. Thippeswamy brought material from all over Karnataka to increase the museum's collection. As a folklore museum it not only showcases items but also elements of music, dance and drama. 

The location was intentionally chosen to be on top of a small hillock above Kukkarahalli Kere(lake). It was originally called 'the First Rajkumari Mansion'. The first princess Jayalakshmi, was married to Sirdar M. Kantharaj Urs in 1897, who later became the Dewan of Mysore. Kantharaj Urs had a house in the Fort of the Palace called "Gunamba House" after his mother. The mansion was built to be commensurate to their status of princess and dewan.

The renovated mansion has 125 rooms, 300 windows, 287 exquisitely carved doors and it was spread across six acres. There are entrances on each side, different from each other. The entrance on the northern side has an extrusion on the stairs presumably to be used as alighting platform from cars and chariots. The mansion is chiefly built of brick and mortar, timber and iron. Stone was dispensed with considering the amount of delay it would have on construction if it were used. There are separated drainages for rain water and used water.

Sailent Architectural Features
Series of twin Corinthian and ionic columns, regal pediments, pilastered window sets, and oval ventilators, all richly moulded.  Different wings of the building are connected by arch colonnades.  There is a small courtyard with a fountain at the centre of the main hall.  The interiors with rich carvings and mouldings both in masonry and wood is kept Hindu regardless of the style adopted for the facade.

Exhibits
With 6500 folklore articles on display, the museum is acclaimed as one of the biggest of its kind in Asia.  Temple chariots, wooden images from Mekkekatte,religious objects, belonging to Soliga tribe etc. lamps,ornamental wooden altar, costumes of Yakshagana plays,masks, boundary godess, joint puppets,village deities,marionettes, saw dust dolls,wood carvings, cooking utensils, measures, churns, jewellery,metal ware, leather dolls, fold weapons, agriculture implements,pots, beads, baskets,weaving, puppets, folk musical instruments, textiles, objects of folk games, children.

     
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