January 2009



  1. Digital Community Archives
  2. Encyclopaedia Indica
  3. NFSC News


K. Srilata, Assistant Professor, IIT Madras, would deliver a lecture on “Creativity: History and Theory” on Tuesday, January 12, at 6 p.m. at NFSC.

NFSC and Shikshantar jointly present the films “GUNI: Reclaiming Self Healing in Our Communities” (Hindi/30 mins) and “NORTHSTAR: Self Directed Learning for Teens” (English/18 mins) on Tuesday, January 6 at 6 p.m.

NFSC and Tamilnadu Thiraippada Iyakkam jointly present the films “Lesbiches (Bad Girls)” (Claude Chabrol/ Germany/col/120 mins) on Wednesday, January 21, and “My Sassy Girl” (Kwak Jae Young/ Korea/2001/120 mins) on Thursday, January 22,

at 6 p.m.


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.


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 online learning site.


An archival collection of Kudiyattam in German and Sanskrit is available on our online learning site at this link.


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 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.

January 2009 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings and warmest New Year wishes from the National Folklore Support Centre!

In December, we successfully got the 31st issue of Indian Folklife on ‘Assamese Folklore’ and the 8th issue of Indian Folklore Research Journal into print. And yes, they are available free online, so please click on the underlined text, read, reflect and tell us what you think.

If you are interested in contributing to the Indian Folklife issues in the coming year, watch this page.

For those of you who missed it last time around, do have a look at our home production on the indigenous community called the Narikuravar on YouTube. Click on the numbers here – one, two, three and four – to access the four parts of the film. You can also search for the term ‘Narikuravar’at the site. And we know you haven?t seen it yet, because we can count how many visitors each video gets on YouTube. We?re watching you watch us.

Read on to see photographs from the field, find how to contribute to the Encyclopaedia or to find out more about Kerala murals. You can also access links to educational resources on folklore and a portal for linguistics journals.


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. New! You can also view a sampling of photographs taken during their field visit at this link.

You can follow the links from www.wiki.indianfolklore.org for regular updates on the archives.


We will be collecting Kerala mural art for the Encyclopaedia project in the third week of this month. You can read more about the historical origins, themes and techniques of this form in this pamphlet published for a public workshop held earlier.

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


Have we already mentioned that we have published the Indian Folklife on Assamese Folklore and the Indian Folklore Research Journal for 2008? Well, we have.

In our ceaseless labour in the field of folklore, we have much need to trawl the internet endlessly. And we find such gems as these – the link contains lesson plans and teaching resources for teaching folklore to K-12 students collated by the American Folklife Center. The actual link is http://www.loc.gov/folklife/edresources/ed-classroom.html

Also, we found this portal of journals which will be of interest to linguists.

Like we said last time, 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.)

- 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.

The NFSC is a member of the Credibility Alliance.

For information on the NFSC Board of Trustees, Staff, Annual Audit Reports and details of programme development, click here.

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