Lok Kala Academy was established in 1980 under the
aegis of Madhya Pradesh. The main objectives are to
encourage, preserve and develop the tribal arts. To
fulfill these objectives, the academy conducts surveys,
organizes programs and publishes texts and materials
centered on the various aspects of tribal folk arts.
The academy abides by the standards prescribed by
the government of Madhya Pradesh. The academy has
founded Aadivart a state museum on tribal and folk
arts. It has also established
Saket, Ramayan Kala
Museum at Orchha.
cultural identity of Madhya Pradesh is significantly
associated with its folk regions.
The state has a transparent amalgamation of Nimadi
Malwi Bundeli and Bagheli folk cultures on one hand
, on the other there is a wide, rich and ancient word
of tribal art and culture. Every region enjoys its
own traditions in music, dance, sculpture and folk
literature which are deeply qualified by variety and
colour. The academy has so far archived the target
of documentation and publishing material on twelve
tribes, ten folk genres and four sculptures. In addition
to these it has also compiled and collected folk paintings
based on Kalamkari, Patta, Cheriyal, Pattam, Madhubani,and
Ramkatha in Patta Chitrakatha tradition . It has also
included in its repertory wall-paintings, floor-paintings,
tattoos, ballads, tales and devotional songs.
academy organizes ten main festival related to the
tribal arts and folk theatre, chief amongst them are
Lok Rang, Ram Leela Mela, Nimad Utsav, Sampada and
Shruti Samaroh. It also publishes, a magazine 'Choumasa'
based on tribal and folk literature.'Tulsi Sahitya
Prabhag', a division of academy, organizes festival
and lecture series centered on Tulsi Bhakti and Ramkatha.
The main events of celebration are Janranjan,Tulsi
Jayanti Samaroh and
Mangalacharan. In addition to
these regular activities, the academy publishes a
quarterly magazine entitled 'Tulsi Sadhana' and it
also runs Tulsi Research Institute at Chitrakoot.