August 2010

NATIONAL FOLKLORE SUPPORT CENTRE

Table of Contents

Field visits

Forthcoming Publications

Indian Folklife

NFSC News

Conferences, Films and stories

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Gives to NFSC

You can donate online to strengthen the National Folklore Support Centre.

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Events Calendar:

August 6, 2010

Screening of Zanzibar Musical Club, by Philippe Gasnier and Patrice Nezan, at 6:00 p.m at the Center.

August 17, 2010

TamilNadu Thiraipada Iakkam (TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film ‘4 months 3 weeks & 2 days‘ a Romanian film by the famous director Cristian Mungiu, at 6:00 p.m. at the Center

August 18, 2010

TamilNadu Thiraipada Iakkam (TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film ‘Ballad of Narayama‘ a Japanese film by Keisuke Kinoshita, at 6:00 p.m. at the Center.

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NFSC Portal for Journals and a new blog:

We have uploaded a few articles by M.D.Muthukumaraswamy on Indian folklore titled ‘Indian Folklore’. M.D.Muthukumaraswamy’s blog. Culture, Literatrue, Folklore, Arts and you?.

The 9th issue of Indian Folklore Research Journal is out and has been uploaded on our Journal Portal. Full archives of the Indian Folklore Research Journal and Indian Folklife are available on the Journal Portal. Also read our updated tamil publication Panuval.

Volunteer at NFSC:

We invite volunteers who can contribute online or at the Centre. Online volunteers can help with our website and wikias contributors or editors. Volunteering at the Centre would involve helping organise programmes or workshops in colleges, schools or corporate houses. Those interested in volunteering can register online here or send in profile, bio-data, letter of interest, areas of work and experience and commitment of time to the address provided below.

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Announcements:

Watch out for three major conferences coming soon!

The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) is organising Third Saarc Folklore and Heritage Festival: Performances And Academic Research Seminar, on December 8, 9, 10, 11, 2010, in Chandigarh.

The Indian Folklore Congress [IFC] is organizing the 34th session of the Congress in Nagaland University, Kohima, Nagaland in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Center of the University and the Anthropological Society from Dec. 9-11, 2010 in Kohima. Contact sanasoram@yahoo.in for more details.

The International Society for Folk Narrative Research announces the next ISFNR interim conference to be held February 22 to February 25, 2011 in North-East India. The last date to register is October 1, 2010. Visit here for more details.

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Dear Friends!

We hope this newsletter finds you well! The last month was quite busy for us and the coming month promises to be just as busy, and interesting!

Field visits:

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We begin the month with a hectic schedule for field work. Our colleagues Aruvi and Sarah are going to Madhya Pradesh to visit our community archive in the Houshangabad district and take stock of the research and documentation that has happened till now. Likewise, our other two colleagues Vinodh and Vijay are also off to the community archive in Naupada district, Orissa. We plan to assess the research material and implement ways of archiving collected materials in native languages. Our colleagues, well trained in video annotation software ELAN and in dictionary preparation tools such as LEXUS and SIL Fieldworks, will impart training for the field staff at the locations.

Sounds like a hectic trip doesn’t it? Well, our colleagues are quite excited about the possibilities and are looking forward to it!!

Forthcoming Publications:

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With four people in the office on field visits, you would think there would be a lull in our activities here at the Chennai office. But no, as I said, this month will be a flurry of activities!!

Kikkeri Narayanan, our collaborator at the Jenukuruba community archive, is completing compilation of a Jenukuruba dictionary (a dictionary of Jenukuruba words with meanings in English and kannada). It will be ready for publishing by the end of August, and so will be our Vagriboli dictionary that is being compiled by Srinivasa Varma. Vagriboli dictionary has already gained quite a media attention and you may read the reports in Deccan Chronicle and the Tamil weekly Kungumam. With these two publications NFSC integrates preservation of endangered and tribal languages into Folklore research.

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Additionally, we have quite a few publications up our sleeve. Apart from these two dictionaries, we have two audio visual resources ready for publication. One is Bhoomi Gita a short documentary on the folk music workshop conducted at our Jenukuruba digital community archive and the other is Lasya. Yes, Lasya does sound familiar. It is a documentary exploring the role and place of women in Seraikella Chhau.

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Also in the pipeline is the publication of a photography book on Seraikella Chhau. Conceived as a community resource book in the lines of the Vagri Material Culture book, this publication is also a visual resource of significant information regarding the dance form, based on our ongoing research for the Chhau archive. The project is being coordinated by Sarah, with Aruvi and Illavenil as photographers. Another field trip is scheduled in late August, to Seraikella digital community archive for collecting and organizing data for this project.

Indian Folklife:

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Coming to our flagship publication Indian Folklife, we have an interesting line up of distinguished guest editors for the forthcoming issues of the journal. Doughlas Knight, an artist and scholar who was a AIIS fellow in the performing arts affiliated to NFSC, will be the guest editor for the October 2010 issue. Aditya Malik Professor in Religion in the Anthropology Program at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand will edit the January 2011 issue and Peggy Bulger, Director, American Folklore Center has kindly agreed to put together the April 2011 issue, dealing with International Folklore programs and research AFC is engaged in. Heike Moser, coordinator of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies and professor of Indology at the University of Tubingen, Germany will be our guest editor for the July 2011 issue. More fruitful collaborations are being worked out to make the issues of Indian Folklife immensely valuable for you.

NFSC News:

The entire NFSC team is very happy and proud to announce the Professor K.S.Haridas Bhat award for the year 2010. This year’s recipient is Basavaraj Malasetty, (Retired Professor, Vijayayanagar College, Hospet), a renowned scholar of Tulu culture. Regional Resources Center for Folk Performing Arts, M.G.M., college, Udupi, will oraganize the Professor Haridas Bhat memorial award function in the month of August.

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NFSC has selected the candidates for the Tata Fellowship for North East India 2010. The interview for the final selection was conducted last month, on July 23, 2010, at the department of Folklore Research, Guwahati University, by a panel consisting of Helen Giri, Nongthombom Premchand, Kishore Bhattacharjee, Niyati Mehta and M.D.Muthukmarswamy. Nine candidates were shortlisted and the committee unanimously selected Oinam Doren and Kailash Dutta for the award of fellowships.

Conferences, Films and Stories

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Moving on to other important announcements in the field of Folklore, dear readers, watch out for three major conferences coming soon!

The Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature (FOSWAL) is organizing Third SAARC Folklore and Heritage Festival: Performances And Academic Research Seminar, on December 8, 9, 10, 11, 2010, in Chandigarh.

The Indian Folklore Congress [IFC] is organizing the next session of the Congress in Nagaland University, Kohima, Nagaland in collaboration with the Women’s Studies Center of the University and the Anthropological Society from December 9 till December 11, 2010 in Kohima. Contact sanasoram@yahoo.in for more details.

The International Society for Folk Narrative Research announces the next ISFNR interim conference to be held between February 22 and February 25, 2011 in North-East India. The last date to register is October 1, 2010. Visit here for more details.

And, wait! We are not done yet! In collaboration with the well known documentary film maker Amudhan’s organization Marupakkam, we are planning to screen documentaries curated by Amudhan regular screenings. This month, watch Zanzibar Musical Club, by Philippe Gasnier and Patrice Nezan, on August 6th, 2010, at 6:00 p.m at the Center!

With Tamilnadu Thiraippada Iyakkam (TTI) On the August 17, 2010 we have 4 months 3 weeks and 2 days a Romanian film by the famous director Cristian Mungiu and the very next day, on August 18, 2010, we will screen Ballad of narayamaa Japanese film by keisuke kinoshita. Don’t miss it!

Make time to read in our journal portal, for the recent issues of the journals Folklore and Folkloristics and Panuval. Click here to go to our journal portal. You may also visit our that publishes research articles of M.D.Muthukumaraswamy. The recent articles include Trance in Fire Walking Rituals of Goddess Tiraupati Amman Temples in Tamilnadu, Vedic chanting as householder’s meditation practice in Tamil Saiva Siddhanta tradition and Fieldwork Report: Discourse of the blurred genre: Case of Draupadi Kuravanchi Koothu.

And, don’t forget to visit your favourite! -the NFSC Lore blog. It has interesting stories on the bees and the flies, the first ants, the first diamonds and many more! Have a nice read!

And that is all for now!

Will write again in the next month’s newsletter to keep you posted on all that is up at the center
cheers!!

- 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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