February 2009



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  2. Encyclopaedia Indica
  3. NFSC News


NFSC and Tamilnadu Thiraippada Iyakkam jointly present the films ‘Eletra’ (Czech/ 1962/ b&w/ 113 mins) on Wednesday, February 18, and ‘Happy Times’ (Zhang yimou/ China/ 2007/ col/ 96 mins) on Thursday, February 19, 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.

February 2009 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the National Folklore Support Centre!

We take great pleasure in inviting you to two special lectures to be held at the Centre this month. On Tuesday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 11, at 6 p.m. we will be holding the following lectures relating to online learning by distinguished speakers from Athabasca University, Canada’s open university:

“Operation Moodle: Sharing the Experience of Athabasca University” by Dr. Evelyn Ellerman, Associate Professor, Communication Studies, and Stella Lee, Instructional Media Analyst.

“From Digital Collection to Online Course” by Fil Fraser, C.M., Adjunct Professor, and Dr. Evelyn Ellerman

Our field work officers have returned from month-long field visits to archives in Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. You can see a documentary/interview with our collaborator at the Seraikella Chhau archive, Jharkhand, in two parts on YouTube – click on part one and part two.

From Daudi village, Madhya Pradesh, here is a sampling of photographs taken during fieldwork.
You can also view slideshows presenting movements in Chhau depicting Ardhanariswara and the natural elements or read more about this unique dance form on our wiki.

From H-Folk, the mailing list to foster better international communication among folklorists and to increase scholarly dialogue in the field that NFSC has sponsored with other organizations, we have news of a conference and call for book proposals.

The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research has announced that the 2009 Perspectives on Contemporary Legend, its 27th International Conference, is to be held at the Inverary Resort in Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, between June 3 and 7, 2009. Click here for more details.

First time authors of folklore-research related books can apply for a writer’s workshop scheduled to be held alongside the 2009 American Folklore Society’s conference. Details here.


More news from our archives : We would be organizing a workshop with a focus on ‘Collection of Children’s Folklore’ at the Narikurava Archive between February 2 and 6. The workshop would be conducted by Professors Peter Claus and Eric Miller, Director, World Storytelling Institute (Chennai) for students undergoing a course on cultural studies at the NFSC as a requirement for their diploma in arts management granted by Dakshinchitra.

Eco-literature students doing their Masters in Literature at the Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai, visited the Jenu Kuruba archive and conducted field work visits to hamlets in H.D.Kote from January 14 to 16.

With these two events – the first planned by the NFSC and the second at the behest of Professor Nirmal Selvamony, MCC – we also proceed towards our goal of integrating grass roots folklore fieldwork endeavours with higher education.

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


Workshops have been scheduled to collect Saora and Kerala mural art work for animation for the Encyclopaedia Indica Kids.
We are currently accepting contributions for the Encyclopaedia Indica. Find out how you can contribute here..


The NFSC is glad to take up the responsibility of providing basic computer skills training to 16 students studying in class eleven of the school associated with the Madras School of Social Work. We hope that these girls will also be equipped to document and archive folklore by the end of this training programme.

- 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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