December 2008



  1. Digital Community Archives
  2. Encyclopaedia Indica
  3. NFSC News
  4. Events Calendar


Navasameeksha, a bi-lingual journal in Malayalam and English, has been launched. Click on the journal name for details and contact information of the editor to request submissions.
Full archives of the Indian Folklore Research Journal are available on the portal.


For theatre performers and enthusiasts, the Theatre Methods 09 festival-fair to be held at Bovec, Slovenia, between July 6 and 12, 2009, provides ‘an opportunity to demonstrate methods of training in traditional theatre and to present contemporary works created as the result of traditional theatre training techniques’. Registration is open here.

Mail for help with putting your conferences online at the NFSC portal for conferences.


You can now access a new resource that provides ‘a platform to document, describe and research proverbs belonging to different languages and cultures’ from the site.


Saora tales have been uploaded on our wiki.

You can now access an archival collection of Kudiyattam in German and Sanskrit from our online learning site at this link.

The NFSC archives provide audio recordings of earlier lectures and research presentations. Look at the list of events on this page for more details on these recordings.


We invite volunteers who can contribute online or at the Centre. Online volunteers can help with our website and wiki as contributors or editors or by providing inputs for design. Physical volunteering at the Centre would involve helping with the organisation of public programmes or workshops in colleges, schools or corporate houses.

Student internships are also open throughout the year for periods of two weeks to a year. Internship opportunities are available in archiving, publication, non-profit administration and fieldwork. Students pursuing post-graduate degrees can incorporate internships with their projects. The NFSC does not pay any stipend but travel expenses will be met for those who would need to travel for fieldwork.

Those interested in volunteering or internships can register online here. You can also send in your profile, bio-data, letter of interest, areas of work and experience and commitment of time to the address provided below.

Students who intend to carry out their own research work, that is not part of the ongoing projects at NFSC, need to send in a one-page description of their project.

December 2008 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the National Folklore Support Centre!

The bi-annual board meeting of the Centre was held at the Central Institute of Indian Languages, Mysore, Karnataka, with the trustees, collaborators and staff of the NFSC. Our staff and collaborators made presentations on the six community digital archive projects and received critical and positive feedback.

One session was organized at the Digital Community Archive being set up at H.D. Kote to document the life and lore of the Jenu Kurubar. Members of the community welcomed us with the Kolattam and Puliyattam dances.

NFSC is glad to announce that it is one of the sponsoring organizations of H-Folk, a mailing list to foster better international communication among folklorists and to increase scholarly dialogue in the field. Other sponsoring organizations are the Folklore Studies Association of Canada, International Society for Folk Narrative Research, American Folklore Society, Folklore Society of Great Britain and Soci?t? internationale d’ethnologie et de folklore.

H-Folk encourages discussions of research, teaching, policy, and historiography in the fields of folklore and ethnology. In addition, H-Folk welcomes news of major conferences, calls for papers, announcements of fellowship and research opportunities, and links to organization websites. H-Folk also supports the exchange of ideas and information with scholars on related H-Net networks. Finally, H-Folk disseminates information about its six sponsoring organizations. It is a network developed in conjunction with all these organizations, although it is open for all to join. More information here.


Field work reports for the visit to H.D. Kote made by field work officers Rayson K. Alex and S. Rajasekar can be accessed here.

They have made an introductory documentary from their fieldwork documentation for the Narikuravar Digital Community Archive. It is now available on YouTube in four parts. (Click on the numbers here – one, two, three and four – to access them. You can also search for the term ‘Narikuravar’ at the site.)

You can follow the links from for regular updates on the archives.


We need volunteers with speaking and reading proficiency in at least one of the following languages – English, Tamil, Hindi, Bhojpuri or Telugu – for the narration of folk tales. These voice-overs would be used along with the animated folk art of various traditions for the Encyclopaedia Indica Kids: Culture and Ecology project. We hope to shortlist 20 volunteers of whom a maximum of ten would be selected for giving voice to our animated folk tales. You can register as a volunteer at this link.

We are currently accepting contributions for the Encyclopaedia Indica. Find out how you can contribute here..

Our first draft entry on the coconut tree has been uploaded here.


We have organized training for our field staff (who are drawn from the communities) at NFSC. Field work officers provided training in various software that are part of the SIL Fieldworks Standard Edition 5.0. These include recording ethnographic information in Data Notebook, and building dictionaries in various indigenous and endangered languages in Language Explorer. They have also received training in the recording and documenting still photography, video and audio and the use of JabRef – software to archive metadata..

Field work officers have also conducted an interview with a community elder, Mr. Somanna associated with the Jenu Kurubar archive. It is available on YouTube in five parts. (Click on the numbers – one, two, three, four and five – to access them. Alternatively, you can search for ‘Somanna’ on the site.)


Friends in Chennai, please do make time to participate in our events to promote folk arts and contribute to discourse on folklore in the city!

Uma Krishnaswamy, Faculty (Guest), at the Stella Maris College, would be delivering a lecture on ‘Illustrating for Children’ at the NFSC on Monday, December 29, at 6 p.m.

NFSC and Shikshantar jointly present the film ‘Believe the Hype’ on Tuesday, December 9, at 6 p.m.

In association with the Tamilnadu Thiraipada Iyakkam, we would be screening the films ‘Travellers and Magicians’ (Bhutan/2005/col/105 mins) on Wednesday, December 17, and ?Chinese Seamstress? (China/2005/col/105 mins) at 6 p.m.

- Malarvizhi. J
Programme Officer (Publications and Communication)

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 and folklore advocacy with public programming events. 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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