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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

Two-day seminar at IGNCA

Title: Traditional and modern forms of puppetry: Issues in contemporary expressions and practices

Dates: 11th & 12th April 2013

Venue: Conference Room, IGNCA, CV Mess, Janpath, New Delhi-110001

 

11-4-2013

 

               10:00 am                     :                Welcome Address by Member Secretary, IGNCA     

               10 .15 am                    :                Address by the Chief Guest

               10.30 am – 11.00am :                Introduction to the Seminar

                                                                      –Dadi Pudumjee

 

               11.00am – 11 .30 am    :               Usha Mallik

                                                                       (title to be recieved)

 

               11.30am- 12.00pm      :   Tea Break

    12.00pm- 12.30pm      :             Tradition and Modernity: Thinking out of the box                 

                                                            –Ranjana Pandey

                                              

               12:30pm- 1:00 pm          :             Poetics of loss and lament in traditional

                                                   Indian Puppetry.

                                                   –M.D Muthukumaraswamy

                01.00pm – 02.00pm        :               Lunch Break

                02.00 pm- 02.45pm          :              Lecture by Suresh Dutta on Modern

                                                 Puppetry in India

                                                    

                                                 Demo on Traditional Puppetry in India

                                                 — Sudhir Gupta

 

                  02.45pm- 03.30pm   :    Tradition and Innovation in  

                                                 Tholpavakkoothu (Lec-Demo)

                                                                       — Ramachandra Pulavar and Rahul

 

                  03.30 pm- 04.00pm    :               Tea Break

                  04.00pm- 04.45pm     :               Leather Puppets of Andhra Pradesh

                                                 –Demo by Hanumath Rao

                  04.45 pm- 05.30pm     :              Creating modern traditions of                                                    

                                                 Puppetry (Lec-Demo

                                                 –Rantamala Nori

 

12-4-2013

 

                    10.30 am -11.00 am      :                 Changing Performance Landscape

                                                                              —Maadhavilatha Gabji

                   11.00am-11.30 am          :               Traditional Yakshagana String Puppetry:

                                                                              Introduction, Scope and Performance

                                                       —Bhaskar Kogga Kamath

                   11.30am-12.00 pm           :                 Tea Break

                   12:00 am- 12:30 pm         :                 Puppetry in Mass Communication

                                                         —Omchery N.N. Pillai

 

12.30pm- 01.15 pm:                      Traditional Shadow Puppetry and

   Animation

                                                                                  –Atul Sinha

01.15 pm – 02.15 pm:                     Lunch Break

02.15pm – 03.00pm:                      Telling Visual stories with puppets and

Technology- a special reference to three

plays “About Ram”, “Anecdotes

and Allegories by Gulbadan Begum 

“Bollywood and Bandwagon”

                                                         –Anurupa Roy

 

03.00pm- 03.45pm:                     Rejuvenation of Pavakathakali 

                                                                               –Lecture by G. Venu

Pavakathakali Demo              

               –Ravi Gopalan Nair

 

03.45pm- 04.15pm:                        Tea Break

 

04.15pm -05.00pm:                       Demo on Ravan Chhaya

                                                          –Discussions by Shankarjeet Dey

 

05.00pm-05.30pm:                        Demo on Rajasthani Kathputli

                                                                                  –Puran Bhatt

 

 

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 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 annum to cover travel and documentation expenses. National Folklore Support Centre will select and archive the audio-visual documentation resulting out of this programme and will also use the documentation for its teaching programmes. The application must be sent by the scholar along with the consent letter of the community elder/artist.

Priority areas and themes: Priority will be accorded to proposals on Tribal Folklore. 

 

Priority sub-themes: 

  • Verbal arts including oral epics 
  • Folk painting 
  • Folk music
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • Traditional medicine
  • Cultures of learning

Relaxation of condition:  A scholar belonging to a community working with another different community elder or an artist may be relaxed in case of language intensive proposal at the discretion of the selection committee. 

Application

To apply, please submit a detailed project proposal along with the following details to the Director of National Folklore Support Centre  through post or by email:

  • The specific cultural tradition of the community elder/artist you seek to research and document.
  • The research questions that are central to your project.
  • The research and documentation methods you seek to follow.
  • Description of what you consider important in the collaborative undertaking between you and the other community elder/ artist.
  • A monthly field work plan for a period of one year starting from November 2012 to October 2013.
  • The proposed output and impact of the project including how the documentation can be used in teaching programmes.

Please remember to include the following with your proposal

  • Your bio-data with complete address, telephone/fax numbers, Skype id and email address.
  • Bio-data of your collaborator with complete postal address.  
  • Consent letter from the other community elder/artist to collaboratively work with you for a period of one year to facilitate the research and documentation process.

Supporting material to show your experience in undertaking this research and documentation project:

  • Published articles – if any  
  • Written / published papers – if any 
  • Photographs 
  • Videos 

Please video record the answers for the following questions in a CD/DVD and send it along with the application: 

  1. Describe your project and your scholarly and technical ability to undertake your project.
  2. Why do you think that this project requires the fellowship support?
  3. What are the expected output and impact of your project? 

*In case if you are not able to video record and send us the CD/DVD, you may write and send it along with application.  

Selection Procedure

  • All the applications will be centrally received at NFSC, Chennai.
  • The selection committee will select the final Tata fellowship awardees. 
  • Total Number of Fellowships for the second round of fellowships in the year 2012-2013: 22 (Twenty two):-  

Eligibility

  • You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national.  
  • Post graduate degree holders in Arts and Humanities, capable of delivering folklore research and documentation. 
  • Senior scholars above the age 55 and retired scholars are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Important Dates

Your application should reach National Folklore Support Centre on or before October 10, 2012.

Interview and training

  • All the applications will be reviewed by the selection committee members to select the candidates. 
  • NFSC will organize a three-day training workshop for the selected candidates during November 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkahnad. NFSC collaborates with Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand for the conduct of the training programme. 
  • The decision of the selection committee will be final. 

Send your application to

M.D.Muthukumaraswamy
Director,
National Folklore Support Centre,
No. 508, Fifth Floor, “Kaveri Complex”,
96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam,
Chennai- 600034. Phones: 044-28229192/ 044-42138410/044-28212706
Email: muthu@indianfolklore.org
Website: www.indianfolklore.org

Acknowledgement

Tata Fellowships in Folklore are implemented by NFSC from a grant received from Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts. 

For further information contact:

Ms Niyati Mehta
Programme Officer
Media, Art and Culture
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts
Eruchshaw Building, 5th Floor,
249 DN Road, Mumbai 400 001.
Tel: 022 6665 7697 Fax: 022 66100484
Email: niyati.mehta@sdtatatrust.com
Website: www.dorabjitatatrust.org


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 annum to cover travel and documentation expenses. National Folklore Support Centre will coordinate with the departments of the participating Universities/colleges to select and eventually archive the audiovisual documentation resulting out of this program. National Folklore Support Centre will also use the documentation for its teaching program. The application must be sent by the scholar along with the consent letter of the community elder/artist.

Application

To apply, please submit a proposal to the professor of participating University/college closest to you describing
• The specific cultural tradition of the community elder/artist you seek to research and document
• The research questions that are central to your project
• The research and documentation methods you seek to follow
• Description of what you consider important in the collaborative undertaking between you and the other community elder/ artist
• A monthly work plan for a period of one year starting from September 2012 to August 2013
• The proposed outcomes of the project including how the documentation can be used in teaching programs.

Please remember to include the following with your proposal

• Supporting material to show your experience in undertaking this research and documentation project
• Your bio-data
• Your postal address, telephone/fax numbers, and email address
• Consent letter from the other community elder/artist to collaboratively work with you for a period of one year to facilitate the research and documentation process.
• Postal address and bio-data of your collaborator

Selection Procedure

• The concerned professors would advertise the fellowship announcement in the geographical areas of their University/college
• Out of the all application received the concerned professors would shortlist five applications and send them to NFSC
• NFSC would further shortlist three out of five applications from each participating University/college.
• Two out of three applicants from each participating institution will be chosen in an interview with the selection committee.

Total Number of Fellowships for the second round of fellowships in the year 2012-2013: 20 (Twenty):- Two per participating institution.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national living in the geographical area of the participating Universities/colleges. Senior scholars above the age 55 and retired scholars are NOT eligible for this fellowship.

Important Dates

Your application should reach the concerned professor on or before July 10, 2012.
The shortlisted applications from the professors should reach NFSC on or before July 20, 2012.

Interview and training

The interview for shortlisted candidates will take place on August 10, 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
NFSC will organize a three-day training workshop for the selected candidates from August 8 to 10, 2012 at the Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkahnad. NFSC collaborates with Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi, Jharkhand for the conduct of the training program.

Host Professor:
Dr. Rabindranath Sarma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi- 835205 Phones: 07549198583, Email: rsfolk@gmail.com

List of Participating Universities/colleges and the Names of Professors

1. Dr. Kishore Bhattacharjee, Head, Folklore Research Department, Guwahati University, Guwahati, Assam. Phones: 0361 -2544370/ 09706011139 Email: bhattkishore@gmail.com

2. Dr. Desmond Kharmaphlang, Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya Phones: 0364-2723374 /09863060983 Email: desmondkharmaphlang@gmail.com

3. Dr. Nongthombom Premchand, Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal, Manipur Phone: 09436039679 Email: emmrcimp@yahoo.co.in

4. Dr. Anungla Aier, Department of Anthropology, Kohima Science college, Jotsoma- 797002, Kohima, Nagaland Phone: 09436014540 Email: anunglaaier@gmail.com

5. Dr. Rabindranath Sarma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi- 835205 Phones: 07549198583, Email: rsfolk@gmail.com

6. Dr. Tamo Mibang, Director, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS), Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh – 791 112, Mobile: 09436633920, Tel: 0360-2277372(Office) 0360-2277971, Email: tmau@rediffmail.com

7. Dr. Basanta Kumar Mohanta, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, P.O.- Amarkantak, Distt.-Anuppur, Madhya Pradesh – 484 886, Mobile: 09407343438 Tel: 07629269432, E-mail: drmohantabk@gmail.com, rmohantabk@rediffmail.com

8. Dr. Sadhana Naithani, Professor, Centre of German Studies, School of Languages, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi – 110 067, Mobile: 09810898015 E-Mail: sadhana.naithani@gmail.com

9. Dr. Margaret Ch Zama, Dept of English, Mizoram University, Post Box 190, Aizawl – 796009, Mizoram, Mobile: 09436142413, Tel: (0389) 2330631 / 233705, E-mail: margaretzama@yahoo.com

10. Dr. Makbul Islam S. K., Associate Professor, Department of Bengali, St. Paul’s Cathedral Mission College, 33/1, Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani, Kolkata – 700009, West Bengal, Phone: 033-23503682 Mobile: 09830309751, Tel: 91-33-65455110, Email: skmakbulislam@rediffmail.com

“Tata Fellowships in Folklore”
Contact Information

M.D.Muthukumaraswamy
Director,
National Folklore Support Centre,
No. 508, Fifth Floor, “Kaveri Complex”,
96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam,
Chennai- 600034. Phones: 044-28229192/ 044-42138410/044-28212706
Email: muthu@indianfolklore.org
Website: www.indianfolklore.org

Acknowledgement

Tata Fellowships in Folklore are implemented by NFSC from a grant received from Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts.

For further information contact:

Ms Niyati Mehta
Program Officer
Media, Art and Culture
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts
Eruchshaw Building, 5th Floor,
249 DN Road, Mumbai 400 001.
Tel: 022 6665 7697 Fax: 022 66100484
Email: niyati.mehta@sdtatatrust.com
Website: www.dorabjitatatrust.org

National Conference on Appreciating Indian music

March 2, 2012  Published by

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Keynote address at International Institute of Tamil Studies conference on Tamil Folk Performing Arts and Narratives

March 2, 2012  Published by

Keynote address at International Institute of Tamil Studies conference on Tamil Folk Performing Arts and Narratives

Audio file of the lecture will be uploaded soon.

 

 

IITS Invitation

“Folklore in Archives” Selection and training workshop for Tata fellows in Folklore

February 20, 2012  Published by

“Folklore in Archives”

Selection and training workshop for Tata fellows in folklore

Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal, Manipur.

March 28, 29, and 30, 2012

Day 1: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

10.00am – 11.30am Bearing honorable witness to human creativity – Practices of folklore fieldwork
M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai
11.30am – 11.45am Break

11.45am – 01.15pm Methods of collecting field data

Kishore Bhattacharjee, Head, Folklore Research Department, Guwahati University, Assam.

01.15pm – 02.15pm Lunch Break

02.15pm – 03.45pm Documenting folk music (exact topic to be received from Helen Giri)
Helen Giri, Professor, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
03.45pm – 04.00pm Break

04.00pm – 05.30pm Styles of ethnographic film making
R.P. Amudhan, Documentary Film Maker, Founder- Marupakkam, Chennai

06.00pm– 08.00pm Screening of documentaries made by the Tata fellows in the previous years:

  1. Thangkhul folk music 31 minutes, Color, 2009, by Rewben Mashangva and Biplab Sing (NFSC-Tata fellow 2008-2009)

Synopsis: The film is about a celebrated folk singer “Rewben Mashangva”, who reveals the endearing nature of folk music. He speaks about the changes that have occurred in folk music learning and the dire predicament faced by the folk musicians in the present scenario. Mashangwa feels that it is participatory music and one doesn’t have to be a great musician to be a folk singer. It flows from within your soul, bringing a sense of community. It is people’s music.

Biplap Singh, a Tata fellow, 2008-2009, collaborated with Rewben Mashangva, a Naga musician, musical instrument maker and performer, to document the musical tradition that Mashangva represents.

  1. Transportation and Occupation of Lisu tribe of Arunachal Pradesh, 30 minutes, color, 2009, by Casanalyrisa Jana (NFSC-Tata fellow (2008-2009)

Synopsis: The Lisu/Yobin area is isolated from the other towns of mainland India due to lack of transport and communication facilities. There is no road communication which connects to mainland India, the only means of transport available is by air provided by the Indian Air Force. The documentary is about the journey by foot, through slippery slopes and rocky terrain, in dense forests of the Namdapha National Park.

The Lisu’s main occupation is agriculture. They grow rice, maize, soya bean, sugarcane and vegetables like mustard, squash, potatoes, pumpkin and cabbages. Rice is the staple food crop of the Lisu. They grow rice by means of terrace farming and wet cultivation.

This documentary was made by Casanalyrisa Jana as part of the research and documentation for Tata fellowships 2008-2009 in Shillong.

  1. Keepers of the Tati, 31 minutes, color 2011, by Oinam Doren (NFSC-Tata fellow 2010-2011)

Synopsis: This documentary was made by Oinam Doren as part of the extensive research and documentation for Tata fellowships 2009-2010 on Folk music of Angami community in context of western / Bollywood music. The documentary focuses ‘Kati” a musical instrument used in the folk music by the Angami community. Oinam Doren along with the community elder M. Meguo-o had beautifully documented the history, making process of the instrument and the story of inheritance.

Day 2: Thursday, March 29, 2012

10.00am – 11.30am Introduction to software used in folklore field work and archiving
M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai
11.30am – 11.45am Break

11.45am – 01.15pm Archiving Videos and Audios
M.D. Muthukumaraswamy, Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai.
01.15pm – 02.15pm Lunch Break

02.15pm – 03.45pm Hands-on training:

R.P. Amudhan, Documentary Film Maker, Founder- Marupakkam, Chennai.

03.45pm – 04.00pm Break

04.00pm – 05.30pm Hands-on training:

R.P. Amudhan, Documentary Film Maker, Founder- Marupakkam, Chennai

06.00pm– 08.30pm Screening of documentaries by the R.P. Amudhan

1) In the forest hangs a bridge by Sanjay Kak Documentary / Colour / 39 mins / 1999

Synopsis: In the forest hangs a bridge is a film about the building of a thousand foot suspension bridge by the people of an Adi village, an evocation of the tribal community that makes it possible, and a reflection on the strengths – and fragility – of the idea of community.

Nearly six months of incessant rain in the Siang valley means that the cane and bamboo will eventually rot and fall away, and the bridge needs to be rebuilt every year. With the winter harvest done, the kebang village council sets a date for the bridge construction, and reinforces traditional responsibilities. The cane and bamboo has to be fetched from the communal forests, with labour from the clans. No one will be paid wages, no one is in charge.

2) Naach (The Dance) Director: Saba Dewan, English (subtitled), 84 min, 2008, India

Synopsis: The Sonpur cattle fair in rural Bihar comes alive every evening when more than fifty girls take to the stage and dance for an all male audience. A barbed wire fence separates the performers from the spectators. Originally part of the nautanki, a popular folk theatre genre of north India, the dance of the female performer today has become a replay of Bombay films and music videos that span rural and metropolitan landscape. It is a performance charged with sexual energy. The girls dance, make eye contact, beckon, gesticulate and even abuse a highly responsive all male audience.

What meanings related to contemporary construction and practice of gender, sexuality, labour and popular culture can we read in the dance of the female performer?

3) Do Din Ka Mela (A Two-day Fair) 60 mins, Kutchi and Gujarati with English subtitles, 2009
Directed by Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar

“Nothing in the world will last – it is but a two day fair” sings Mura Lala Fafal, drawing inspiration from the Sufi traditions of Sant Kabir and Abdul Lateef Bhita’i. He is accompanied on the Jodiya Pava (double flute) by his nephew Kanji Rana Sanjot. Kanji taught himself to play and make his own flutes after hearing the music on the radio. Mura and Kanji are Meghwals, a pastoral Dalit community that lives on the edge of the Great Rann of Kutch, in the Western Indian state of Gujarat. They are both daily wage labourers and subsistence farmers in an arid zone. The film is a two day journey into the music and everyday life of this uncle-nephew duo, set against the backdrop of the Rann. The music and culture of the region is a rich tapestry of many traditions and faiths, an affirmation of the syncretic wisdom of the marginalised communities that live in this spectacular and yet fragile area.

Day 3: Friday, March 30, 2012

10.00am – 01.15pm Interview/ Selection of research fellows

01.15pm – 02.15pm Lunch Break

02.15pm – 05.30pm Concluding session

06.00pm – 08.00pm Folk performances of Manipur

***********************

Selection Committee

  1. Niyati Mehta

Program Officer Media, Art and Culture, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts, Mumbai.

  1. Helen Giri

Professor, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong

  1. Kishore Bhattacharjee

Head, Folklore Research Department-Guwahati University, Guwahati,  Assam

  1. M.D. Muthukumaraswamy

Director, National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai

  1. Nongthombom Premchand (Host Professor)

Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal, Manipur

 

 

 

Schedule prepared by Vinodh Premdhas, Program Officer, Communication and Coordination, NFSC, Chennai

This is a tentative schedule



Tata Fellowships in Folklore 2012-2013

January 9, 2012  Published by

 

Tata Fellowships in Folklore

 

Call for proposals

Scope

 

National Folklore Support Centre’s Tata Fellowships in Folklore are meant for M.Phil level students 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 tradition for a year long period. Each fellowship will carry an award of Rs.9000/- per month for the scholar and another Rs.9000/- per month for the community elder or artist. In addition to the monthly award each fellowship carries a contingency of Rs.50,000/‐ per annum to cover travel and documentation expenses. National Folklore Support Centre will coordinate with the departments of the participating Universities/colleges to select and eventually archive the audiovisual documentation resulting out of this program. National Folklore Support Centre will also use the documentation for its teaching program. The application must be sent by the scholar along with the consent letter of the community elder/artist.

 

Application

To apply, please submit a proposal to the professor of participating University/college closest to you describing

 

  • The specific cultural tradition of the community elder/artist you seek to research and document

  • The research questions that are central to your project

  • The research and documentation methods you seek to follow
  • Description of what you consider important in the collaborative undertaking between you and the other community elder/ artist
  • A monthly work plan for a period of one year starting from April 2012 to March 2013
  • The proposed outcomes of the project including how the documentation can be used in teaching programs.

 

Please remember to include the following with your proposal

  • Supporting material to show your experience in undertaking this research and documentation project
  • Your bio‐data
  • Your postal address, telephone/fax numbers, and email address
  • Consent letter from the other community elder/artist to collaboratively work with you for a period of one year to facilitate the research and documentation process.
  • Postal address and bio‐data of your collaborator

Selection Procedure

  • The concerned professors would advertise the fellowship announcement in their University/college catchment areas.
  • Out of the all application received the concerned professors would shortlist five applications and send them to NFSC
  • NFSC would further shortlist three out of five applications from each participating University/college.
  • Two out of three applicants from each participating institution will be chosen in an interview with the selection committee.

 

Total Number of Fellowships for the Year 2012-2013  : 10 : Two per participating institution

 

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national living in the geographical area of the participating Universities/colleges. Senior scholars above the age 55 and retired scholars are NOT eligible for this fellowship

Important Dates

 

Your application should reach the concerned professor on or before February 7, 2012. 

 

The shortlisted applications from the professors should reach NFSC on or before February 15, 2012

 

Interview and training

 

The interview for shortlisted candidates will take place by the end of February or at the beginning of March 2012. 

NFSC will organize a three-day training workshop for the selected candidates.

 

 

List of Participating Universities/colleges and the Names of Professors

 

1. Dr. Kishore Bhattacharjee, Head, Folklore Research Department, Guwahati University, Guwahati, Assam. Phones: 0361 -2544370/ 09706011139 Email: bhattkishore@gmail.com

 

2. Dr. Desmond Kharmaphlang, Professor, Department of Cultural and Creative Studies, North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya Phones: 0364-2723374 /09863060983 Email: desmondkharmaphlang@gmail.com

 

3. Dr. Nongthombom Premchand, Director, Educational Multimedia Research Centre, Manipur University, Chanchipur, Imphal, Manipur Phone: 09436039679 Email: emmrcimp@yahoo.co.in 

 

4. Dr. Anungla Aier, Department of Anthropology, Kohima Science college, Jotsoma- 797002, Kohima, Nagaland Phone: 09436014540 Email:  anunglaaier@gmail.com

 

5. Dr. Rabindranath Sarma, Assistant Professor, Centre for Indigenous Culture Studies, Central University of Jharkhand, Brambe, Ranchi- 835205 Phones: 07549198583/09863315243 Email: rsfolk@gmail.com 

 

“Tata Fellowships in Folklore”-Contact Information

 

M.D.Muthukumaraswamy

Director,

National Folklore Support Centre,

No. 508, Fifth Floor, “Kaveri Complex”,

96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam,

Chennai‐ 600034

Phones: 044‐28229192/ 044‐42138410/044‐28212706

Email: muthu@indianfolklore.org

Website: www.indianfolklore.org

 

Acknowledgement

 

Tata Fellowships in Folklore are implemented by NFSC from a grant received from Sir Dorabji Tata and Allied Trusts. For further information contact:

 

Ms Niyati Mehta

Program Officer

Media, Art and Culture

Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts

Eruchshaw Building, 5th Floor,

249 DN Road, Mumbai 400 001.

Tel: 022 6665 7697   Fax: 022 66100484

Email: niyati.mehta@sdtatatrust.com

Website: www.dorabjitatatrust.org

Going beyond database utopias: Principles and practices for community folklore archives

October 5, 2010  Published by

Folklore archives  -often thought of as the dusty preserves of scholars, eccentrics, and governments- become different avatars altogether if they are constructed, shared, housed, and kept retrievable within the native contexts of the communities.   As community spaces, folklore archives shelter possibilities to influence and shape the social histories of communities, aid self reflexivity, and propel economic development. Drawing on National Folklore Support Centre’s experience of establishing  six digital community folklore archives across India I would like to share a set of principles and practices we have arrived at. They can be broadly categorized into four groups and they can be summarized as below:

  1. Documentation
  • The choices for the materials to be documented need to be arrived at through community  consensus.
  • At least two versions of the same folklore item needs to be documented
  • Visual literacy workshops with the communities need to be conducted prior to the use of photography and video.
  • There should be a negotiation between the insiders and the outsiders on the comprehensibility of the documentation proposed and undertaken.
  • Members of the community need to participate in the documentation as fair and equal partners.
  • The integrity of the documented information needs to be verified with diverse groups inside the community. Even contradictory and opposing voices need to be recorded.

II Description and archiving of documented materials

  • The digital records need to be described in the native languages of the communities
  • Language documentation needs to be an integral part of archive building processes
  • Publication of multi lingual dictionaries need to be undertaken and their usages should be explained to the communities.
  • The relations in the ‘relational database’ of the archives need to follow the sensorial and everyday experiences of the insiders. This point is the key to the establishment of community archives and we have not fully achieved this goal yet.
  • Use of computer aided tools such as visual thesaurus and mind mapping should be used for arriving at the experiential relation between the documented materials.

III Interpreting documents

  • Repeated projection of documented materials to the communities should be the chief method for interpreting the documented materials.
  • Stray and other meta folklore emerging out of the responses to the documented materials need to be in turn, documented.
  • Structured interviews and questionnaires should be avoided. Intimate conversations carried over a fairly long period should be used for interpreting the archival records.

IV Public dissemination

  • Archival materials should be collected together as community resources before they can be circulated back to the communities.
  • Whether it is an edited video, or photo album the processes of editing, describing, and the methods of dissemination should have the participation of the community members.
  • The dissemination through the online channels and other media outlets should aim towards carving out a cultural space for the communities.
  • The primary audience for archival material should be the communities themselves