On Arubathumoovar Mylapore Kapaleeshwarar temple festival |Times of India

March 22, 2016  Published by

The article can be read online at http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31807&articlexml=DAY-OF-DEVOTEES-ARUBATHUMOOVAR-fest-of-Mylapore-village-22032016006015 The manuscript version is given below:  

Mylapore Arubathumoovar festival

M.D.Muthukumaraswamy

Mylapore Arubathumoovar festival is unique in the sense that it celebrates not an abstract god but a god who manifests in the actions of devotees, the Nayanmars who number sixty three. Saiva Agamas do prescribe celebrations of devotees bhaktorsavam but their prescription is restricted to celebrating a festival for Chandikeswarar, the foremost devotee of Shiva who finds a place of sculptural honour in the inner prakara

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David Dean Shulman: Chronicler of the inner lives of the South Indians, especially the Tamils

March 21, 2016  Published by

My article on David Shulman's scholarly contributions to the understanding of Tamil society, culture, and religion is published today in the Times of India Chennai edition. You may read the article online at http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/index.aspx?eid=31807&dt=20160219 David Dean Shulman: Chronicler of the inner lives of the South Indians, especially the Tamils M.D.Muthukumaraswamy David Shulman’s latest book published in 2015 has an amazing title More Than Real: A History of the imagination in South India. In his preface, Shulman says, “ All the great civilisations, and probably all human societies, have known that human beings are capable of imagining; India merely cultivated this

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On Mayana Kollai | Times of India

March 17, 2016  Published by

 

WHEN GRAVEYARDS THROB WITH LIFE & WOMEN POWER
After Shivaratri, Folk Festival Celebrates Shiva's Consort
After the pujas and fasts for Mahashivaratri, Tamil Nadu sees a cel ebration of Shiva's consort in the graveyards. The Mayana Kollai (looting of the graveyard) festival is celebrated amidst the dead. Observed in the Angalamman temples in the villages of northern districts of Tamil Nadu, this folk festival symbolises one of the main cultural scripts of Tamil life that

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On Manickavasagar and Thiruvasagam | Times of India

March 9, 2016  Published by

  A day after Sivaratri the Times of India recalls the works of influential Saivite poet-saint Manickavasagar. To read the article online, click on http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/index.aspx?eid=31807&dt=20160309 

Manickavasagar’s poetic achievement

M.D.Muthukumaraswamy

Of all Tamil bhakti poetry Nammazhvar’s Thiruvaimozhi and Manickavasagar’s  Thiruvasagam are accorded special places over and above their canonical status because of their philosophical disposition, emotional intensity, and an easily identifiable personal voice. Nilakanda Sastry, the eminent historian of the Cholas has written that the complete recital of  Thiruvasagam (3414 odd lines) in the homes and the temples persists since the tenth century in Tamilnadu and apparently the verses of Thiruvasagam have

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INTACH Talk: September 20, 2013 – Folklore in Urban Spaces

September 17, 2013  Published by

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Puppetry Seminar at IGNCA Delhi Programme Schedule

April 2, 2013  Published by

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Message from Dorothy Noyes: Ohio State University announces new PhD fellowships in folklore

September 20, 2012  Published by

Dear colleagues, The Center for Folklore Studies is delighted to announce that the College of Arts and Sciences of the Ohio State University has created two new graduate fellowships targeted for folklore students. Because our PhD program is interdepartmental, these fellowships will make it easier for us to admit students whose research interests do not align well with departmental priorities. They will also allow us to offer a total of six years of support instead of the usual five, allowing for a supported fieldwork year. Students will continue to apply through our participating departments, and most folklore students will continue

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Message from Brenda Beck: Publication of Annanmarswami kathai as a graphic novel

September 15, 2012  Published by

Dear Colleague, I am happy to share the good news that a project I have worked on for nearly 50 years has just become accessible to all via the internet. The Legend of Ponnivala is a major South Indian oral folk epic that I collected in 1965 from a singing bard. I have now overseen its animation in 26 colorful episodes using artwork inspired by genuine South Indian folk traditions. My team and I have also compressed the story into 26 full color graphic novels. As culturally informative reading books for young people The Legend of Ponnivala is a vividly entertaining adventure story. As a resource that invites insightful analysis

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All India Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

September 9, 2012  Published by

All India Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

National Folklore Support Centre’s Tata Fellowships in Folklore are meant for Post Graduate degree holders in Arts and Humanities, capable of delivering folklore research and documentation. This programme facilitates a scholar belonging to one community to work collaboratively with another community’s elder or an artist to document the community elder/ artist’s folklore/tradition for a year-long period. Each fellowship will carry an award of Rs.9450/- per month

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Call for Proposals: Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

June 14, 2012  Published by

Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013 Call for proposals Scope National Folklore Support Centre's Tata Fellowships in Folklore are meant for M.Phil level students/ scholars residing in the geographical areas of participating Universities/colleges. This program facilitates an M.Phil level scholar belonging to one community to work collaboratively with another community's elder or an artist to document the community elder/ artist's folklore/tradition for a year-long period. Each fellowship will carry an award of Rs.9450/- per month for the scholar and another Rs.9450/- per month for the community elder or artist. In addition to the monthly award each fellowship carries a contingency of Rs.50,000/- per

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