April 2011


Table of Contents

Summer Film Festival

New Publications

Field Work

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Events Calendar:

April 4-8, 2011

NFSC along with Marupakkam will host The Summer Film Festival from 4.00 p.m. onwards. Click here for the complete schedule. To view the list of films and synopsis, click here.

April 20, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam, along with NFSC will screen the film The Tete and the Moon Directed by: Bigas Luna, Maria Lidon. Starring: Mathilda May, Biel Duran, Gerard Darmon. Spain/ 105 mins/col, at 6.00 p.m.

April 21, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Prenom Carmen Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard.Starring: Hippolyte Girardot, Maruschka Detmers, Jacques Bonnaffe. France / 125 mins/col, at 6.00 p.m.

The Summer Film Festival:

Inaugural Session

Our Summer Film Festival begins on
April 4, 2011 with an inaugural session. R.P.Amudhan, Marupakkam, will introduce the festival. Film makers Sasi, Barathi Kumar and poet/journalist Kadarkarai will participate in this session.

The Inaugural film Do Din Ka Mela, by Anjali Monteiro and K.P.Jayasankar will be screened. Don’t miss it!


1) Shorts films from BURUNDI (curated by Paul Lee, supported by Burundi Film Centre, Canada):

Pig Foot – Aster Ntirampeba, Burundi, 2010, 7 minutes, colour, drama, in Kirundi with English subtitles.

Mission: Montreal – Natacha Songore, Burundi, 2010,
9 minutes, drama,
in Kirundi with English subtitles.

Knock Knock (Who’s Dead) – Grace Nzeyimana, Burundi, 2010, 11 minutes, colour, drama, in Kirundi with English subtitles.

The Return Of Old Man Kabura – Patrick Ngendakumana, Burundi, 2010,
7 minutes, drama,
in Kirundi with English subtitles.

Easy Call - Angelo Arakaza, Burundi, 2010, 9 minutes, drama,
in Kirundi with English subtitles.

2) Films from MAGIC LANTERN FOUNDATION, New Delhi:

It’s Cricket, No? – Director: Gregory French, Sudhir Aggarwal English (subtitled), 30 minutes, 2010, India.

My Mother India – Director: Safina Uberoi English (subtitled),
52 minutes, 2001, Australia.

Lokapriya – Director: Arun Khopkar English (subtitled), 30 minutes, 2000, India.

Rasikapriya - Director: Arun Khopkar Englsih (subtitled),
30 minutes, 2000, India.

Adha Aasman – Director: Samina Mishra English (subtitled),
32 minutes, 1996, India.

… and much more! click here to view the schedule and here to view the synopsis of all films.

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NFSC Portal for Journals:

The 37th issue of Indian Folk Life is due this month! Watch our Journal Portal to download it first!

The 10th issue of Indian Folklore Research Journal, the recent issues of Lokaratna and Panuval have been published in our Journal Portal. Our sincere thanks to all contributors.

To subscribe to IFRJ, please write to us here.

Full archives of all our journals are available in the Journal Portal.

Hello, dear readers!

The month of March has sped past! The summer is here, with watermelons, mangoes, the blazing heat, and of course, our faithful newsletter. A lot of excitement awaits us this month, for we have planned the perfect way to spend the scorching afternoons. Read on to find out more!

Summer Film Festival:

Dear Readers, it is with great pride that we announce the Summer Film Festival – a festival featuring the best short films and ethonographic documentaries!

Jointly organized with Marupakkam, this film festival is a new initiative of our public program. This is your chance to show how much you enjoy our screenings! Grab those pop corns and come over to NFSC every afternoon – to sit back and watch the best films, and share your thoughts and views. The festival is from the 4th to 8th of April 2011, from 4:00 p.m. onwards. Visit here to view the complete schedule and here for synopsis of all films.

New Publications:

Our excitement is not simply for the upcoming festival. It is also because of our upcoming publications! The month of April is the time for issue of the next edition of our flagship publication – The Indian Folk Life. Await the 37th issue of the IFL ladies and Gentlemen! Guest Edited by Peggy Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center, it features the American Folklife Centre, at The Library of Congress. This issue showcases the international reach of this institution. It was great pleasure working with Dr.Bulger on this issue. We eagerly await the publication. Please tell us how you like it!

The publication program at NFSC is carefully planned towards bringing out three kinds of publications. Publications like the Indian Folklife address the concerns of the field and are meant for a larger lay audience. We invite guest editors to work on specialized topics, vital to the field. This ensures the standard of the publication as well. IFL is listed in the online Directory of Open Access Journals.

Because IFL is not a scholarly journal and has a virtual replication in our journal portal, the readership is quite vast indeed! Our journal portal registers 20,000 downloads of the issue! The share alike, Creative Commons license enables us to make the issue available for free download. The web version of the next issue will be uploaded in our journal portal soon. ?Watch our journal portal for more information.

The Indian Folklore Research Journal however, is distinctly different, in that, it addresses the conventional needs of the field. A peer reviewed journal with an international editorial board, we have achieved 10 years of IRFJ, with high quality articles engaging in interesting debates around subjects related to the field. To view the entire archive of IFRJ, click here.

Over the last fourteen years, NFSC has been involved in publishing three kinds of publications. There are expository publications that seek to expose gaps in knowledge and highlight lesser known traditions. Our publication “Voicing Folklore”, is one such, that seeks to assess the gaps in folk traditions.
The second kind are the community resource books like our Jenu Nudi dictionary and Vaagri-boli multi lingual dictionary, that are meant for the communities, but make available to a larger audience, the unique world view of the community. Then, there are our theoretical publications like the “Folklore as Discourse”, that take the discipline of folklore to the next level. Click here to access our complete catalog.

Though there is a definite logic to our publication program, the nature of impending publications is determined by the work we are involved in. Currently, we are in the last phase of our Digital Community Initiatives. Our upcoming publications are centered around our work in the communities.

We plan to bring out three books – a book on the Social history of the Narikuravas, a book about the Jenu Kuruba community and the last, about the folk dances of Jharkhand. The book on the social history of the Narikuravas is more like a sequel to our earlier publication – the Vaagri Material Culture book and is intended as a collected volume of essays by various scholars. The other two books are planned to be photo books that explore visually, the subjects in each. All our three publications are due in September. Watch our website or keep reading our newsletter to follow the progress of these publications and to grab your copies early!

Field Work:

With the summer film festival and all the publications, don’t you think we have enough to be excited about? Oh yes we do! But well, the list doesn’t end there! We are excited about our impending field visits as well. The summer month of April means Chaitra Parva festival in Seraikella. Our colleague Aruvi is already off to document the rituals and some of us will be joining him soon!

Moreover, the documentary on the Chaitra Parva festival is almost done, with another in the making about the changes in the festival over the years. Follow our You Tube channel to watch and comment on both these films, soon to be uploaded. In our next rendezvous, we will discuss the films in greater detail.

Until then,

Eat plenty of fruits, catch our film festival and beat the heat!


- Bhargavi Narayanan
Programme Officer
(Publications and Communication) NFSC

National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, registered in Chennai, dedicated to the promotion of Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications. The aim of the Centre is to integrate scholarship with activism, aesthetic appreciation with community development, comparative folklore studies with cultural diversities and identities, dissemination of information with multi-disciplinary dialogues, folklore fieldwork with developmental issues, folklore advocacy with public programming events and digital technology with applications to voice the cultures of the marginalised and historically disadvantaged communities. Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory. NFSC aims to achieve its goals through cooperative and experimental activities at various levels. NFSC is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Tata Education Trust.

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