• Film Appreciation Course between 1979 and 88, Film and Theatre Course in 1989, and Culture Course from 1990
  • 7- to 10-day long workshop on Culture appreciation; festival of plays, music, dance etc.
  • Day-sessions focus on a sociopolitical theme (eg. Village India, Alternative Visions, Futures, Gods/Goddesses); combined with lecture-demonstrations on various art forms


  • Invited writers, artists, thinkers from Karnataka and outside on the faculty; participants hail from all parts of Karnataka
  • More than 2000 participants from all parts of Karnataka have attended the course so far
  • Participants include students, teachers, rural cultural activists, journalists, housewives; colleges and the Universities of the state depute their students and staff to the event


  • The total expenditure of the Course was approximately Rs. 1,25,000 in 1992; Rs. 3,00,000 in 2002, Rs. 5,00,000 in 2010 including the travel expenses of the faculty and honoraria to performing artists and groups.
  • Income: Fee from the participants (Rs. 1500 for food, stay, shows for 7 days – in 2010); sponsorship (ranging between Rs. 2000 and 15,000 per show) and occasionally a small grant and donations.
  1. For Ninasam Culture Course Photos click here.