February 2011


Table of Contents

From the Jenukuruba Digital Community Archive

From our Chennai Office

North East Fellowships

Field Visits

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Give to NFSC

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

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Events Calendar:

February 4, 2011

Marupakkam along with NFSC will screen The House of the Dead by Debora Diniz One Day After the Tenth Day
by Narges Abyar and Don’t Call Me Crazy
by Kiki Febriyanti at
6.00 p.m.

February 23, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam, along with NFSC will screen the film Jude by Michael winterbottom at
6.00 p.m.

February 24, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Love in the time of Cholera by Mike Newell at 6.00 p.m.

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NFSC Portal for Journals:

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.

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Interested in Volunteering?

We invite volunteers who can contribute online or at the Centre. Online volunteers can help with our website and wiki as contributors or editors. Volunteering at the Centre would involve helping organize 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. Those of you interested in volunteering with community media initatives, please visit Video Volunteers.

They have interesting opportunities for those enthusiastic about working with and making a difference in economically backward communities.

Hello readers!

It is with great joy that we write this newsletter. We are very happy to share that Dadi Pudumjee, Founder, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust and one of the Trustees of our centre, has been awarded the prestigious Padmashree award on January 26, 2011. It is with equal pleasure we wish to announce that Makadwaj Dharora, a senior artiste of Seriakella Chhau has also been awarded the Padmashree. Our Digital Community Archive at Seraikella, Jharkhand, houses over three hours of interview and interaction with this artiste, recorded by us over the last two years. We are very proud to be working with such distinguished artistes. Our heartfelt congratulations to both of them!

From the Jenukuruba Digital Community Archive:

The first month of the new year has begun on a very good note indeed! Not just because of the good news we just shared, but because the month has been quite fruitful. In our Digital Community Archive at H.D.Kote, Mysore, our colleague conducted a workshop for using the Jenu Nudi Dictionary, specifically for teachers teaching in schools where children from the Jenukuruba community study. Over 25 teachers attended the workshop and were excited about taking the dictionary to the schools in the community. We received encouraging response from all participants. Depending on how well it is received in the schools, the problems that crop up and the possible solutions, we will conduct further sessions subsequently.

From our Chennai Office:

Our Chennai office hosted a similar workshop in using the Vaagri boli dictionary, on January 30, 2011. The workshop saw a participation of over thirty teachers from schools across eight districts of Tamilnadu. It was facilitated by Prof. G. Srinivasa Varma, with Prof. Bhaktavatsala Barathi delivering the key note address. Organized as two sessions, the workshop introduced the participants to the nuances of vaagriboli and to the lifestyle of the community. Using the dictionary in schools was discussed in detail and the participants came up with constructive feedback on how better to reach the dictionary to students. The feedback and discussion saw lively participation as the teachers from different districts shared their experience in teaching at respective schools and the potential challenges in using the dictionary, given the context. The day long workshop concluded successfully with a lot of food for thought for the teachers and facilitators.

Our colleagues at Chennai office have also been actively involved in dissemination of our recent publications. In the last month, we visited five colleges around Tamil Nadu and conducted lecture demonstration on “Folklore and Media”. Our team visited Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Noorul Islam college, Bharathidasan University and Madurai Kamraj University in districts outside Chennai. Women’s Christian College, Nungambakkam is one of the first few colleges in Chennai to participate in our lecture demonstration. We have scheduled four more sessions in the coming week in various other colleges in Chennai.

Our director M.D.Muthukumarswamy will be back from a his tour very soon! He had been to Norway and Germany to teach a course in the University of Oslo, participate in a workshop at the University of W?rzburg, and make presentations at the Universities of T?bingen and Heidelberg. Based on our experiences, we will plan further dissemination in the coming months.

North East Fellowships:

The North East Fellowships instituted by the Tata Education Trust have, as you know, been awarded to Kailash Dutta and Oinam Doren. The fellows have made considerable progress in their research. Kailash Dutta is working with the Thengal Kacharis of Assam. He is exploring how ethnic identities are articulated in through folklore; in the context of Thengal Kacharis, with the community elder Shri. Manik Saikia (Oja) as his guide and collaborator. A detailed report of the research and the progress made is available here.

Oinam Doren is doing research on ‘Folk Music of Angami Community in context of western / bollywood music’ with the community elder Shri. M. Meguo-o as his guide and collaborator. As per his schedule, he is currently involved in audio-visual documentation of M.Meguo-o and her daughters singing Angami folk songs. Interviews on the making of instruments used are also being conducted and recorded. You can view the entire report here.

Field Visits:

Our colleagues Sarah and Aruvi have left for fieldwork to our Digital Community Archive at Seraikella. The focus of this fieldwork will be the tribal dances. We are sure we will soon have exciting news on this topic to share!

Speaking of field visits, our colleague Sunder made a recent visit to our Ashakulam Digital Community Archive. He accompanied our guest Dr.Emily Socolov, an American folklorist to the settlement and showed her around. Interesting interactions ensued, where Dr.Emily and the women of the community exchanged tips on bead making!

And that’s all we have for you this month. As always, we welcome any suggestions/feedback/criticism you might have. We would love to hear your ideas on reaching our publications to a larger audience. Please feel free to drop us a mail anytime! Don’t forget to checkout our new publications! The tenth issue of our annual publication Indian Folklore Research Journal, is out! To subscribe to this exciting collection, write to us here. You can also visit our website and order them online at our online shop.

Until next month then!


- 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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