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In the year 1994, a trust named “Kavi-Kavya” (Poet-Poetry) was formed. It was a literary and cultural organisation active in the village. A group of educated people ran it and it was they who started Charaka.

Kavi-Kavya organised a training programme for the workers of Anganawadis (Government Childcare Centres) in the villages of Shimoga District, in the use of locally available cultural resources. The programme went on for a whole year and during that time, Kavi-Kavya activists traveled extensively through the rural areas of the district. They took pains to understand village life – lifestyle, languages, folklore, theater tradition, agricultural practices, the skills/ art of artisans and so on.

In the process, they also understood the problem facing the people of this hilly region. The villagers had depended too much for too long on agriculture. This, paradoxically along with the growth in population, caused immense damage to the eco-system.

Kavi-Kavya decided to do something for the village poor. They set up a weaving center on an experimental basis, in order to prove that handloom weaving can be viable and profitable on the Western Ghats region. Traditionally cotton cloth and woolen blankets were brought from the plains and sold here and there was no weaver community in the region.

In September 1996, Kavi-Kavya Trust handed over the entire infrastructure thus developed, to the women workers (30 at that time) and Charaka Society was registered.

 

Heggodu

Heggodu is a village located very close to bheemanakone. It is well known for Ninasam (nilakanteshwara natya sangha) a theater school that was started by K. V. Subbanna in the year
1949.

Kuntagodu Vibhthi Subbanna (1932 - 2005) was an acclaimed dramatist and writer in Kannada. in 1991 he was awarded Ramon Magsaysay award for Journalism, literature and creative communication Arts. he was also awarded padmashri during 2004-2005. Ninasam is currently headed by K.V. Akshara.