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  • This Seminar is about constructing a course which is both enticing and “learnable” and able to be used to further the students’ own work interests in later life and careers. Such a course has to provide information and interpretation in a thoroughly ethical (in the NFSC’s sense) perspective on the tradition and explain (explicitly or implicitly) to the student why this ethic is essential to maintain in all that is produced from it.

    This Seminar uses two such tradition-based web sites: the Siri and Koti-Chennaya (K-C) web sites. These are both educational sites and assume students are familiar with the approach to Folklore Studies advocated by the Indian School of Folklore (through participating in the School’s General Studies, although a sort of crash course in is included in the first portion of the fieldwork methodology section of each of the tradition-based web sites, above. The Seminar also assumes they are already familiar with some folk communities and have worked with them and are familiar with a National Folklore Support Centre archive. In the specific case of the present Seminar, most of the students were a part of the fieldwork and so already know the traditions and the communities, and the ethic of “using” data collected on them. During the present Seminar some students will be writing presentation projects on their work. All, though, will be asked to provide ideas for how to make the sites more usable in an educational and learning context, and are expected to offer critique of what is already included in the initial web sites.

    The Siri and Koti-Chennaya web sites are intended as a model of cultural learning. At present, they are unfinished. But that is the point of this Seminar course: to gain insight on what is needed, from the perspective of both teachers and learners, to construct a website on a cultural tradition in an educational setting.

    This Seminar structure is divided into three sections:

    The first is concerned with Course Development: that is discussion of ideas for developing tradition-based web sites in educational settings, as teaching and learning modules to be included in other, more general course, or courses in their own right about a specific tradition.

    The other two are concerned with projects utilizing the two tradition-based web sites to present/represent the traditions to specific audiences. In the case of the present Seminar, this will consist of 1) a publication and a presentation on woman’s participation in the Siri Jatra, and 2) a presentation on bhuta kolas as the contextual frame for bhuta masks. All projects will be to international scholarly audience.

    The participants of the Seminar include Dr. Muthukumaraswamy, S. A. Krishnaiah, and, potentially, all of the students who participated in the month-long fieldwork course held in Udupi in February-March, 2008. Other interested people are welcome to join this group as guests or as participants, at the discretion of the National Folklore Support Centre’s Moodle administration.
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  • "Introduction to Cultural Studies" is an interdisciplinary course that aims to inculcate an understanding of the practices and expressions of everyday life as well as the arts in Indian contexts and history. Oriented from the perspective of Folklore this course consists of six syllabus units and twenty four lectures/lessons taught over a period of twelve weeks. The six units of the course are 1. Approaches to Cultural Studies, 2. Genealogies of the political present and their relevance for cultural studies; Mass movements, 3. Ethnographic Fieldwork and Folklore case studies, 4. Popular Culture, 5. Culture and Ecology and 6. Culture and Development (with a section devoted to the study of the relationship between technology, art, and culture).
  • This online course on “Folk Music of Bengal: A Theoretical Study” is designed to give some basic ideas about the folksongs of Bengal along with some theoretical aspects of musicology and ethnomusicology. The entire programme is supported by National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai. This course will offer the study materials online. Interested persons are requested to register their names online. It is designed in such a way that an interested person may learn some folk songs of Bengal. The texts of the song will be presented in – (1) Bengali script, (2) English script, (3) Roman Script and (4) Transcription in International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). A person whose mother tongue is not Bengali will also be able to learn the songs including their meaning and socio-cultural significance. This course is a collaborative effort, where experts from different fields will join to render their presentation (if necessary). Besides, some folk performers will also be there to present their performance so that people may get access to the indigenous music tradition and get acquainted with the performers as well.
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"Indian School of Folklore" is an academic wing of India's National Folklore Support Centre. Apart from hosting regular public educational programs such as monthly lectures, film screenings, arts, crafts, and creativity events, workshops, seminars, exhibitions, and short term courses, National Folklore Support Centre offers online courses through this site.
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National Folklore Support Centre,
No.508, Fifth Floor, Kaveri Complex
96, Mahatma Gandhi Road,
Chennai- 600034
Phones: 044-28229192/044-42138410
National Folklore Support Centre is funded by grants from the Ford Foundation and Tata Education Trust
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