January 2011


Table of Contents

Dissemination plans

New Publications:

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Gives to NFSC

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

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Events Calendar:

January 7, 2011

Marupakkam along with NFSC will screen Shout from the Plain and Mawla’s Wedding at 6.00 p.m.

January 20, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam, along with NFSC will screen the film Original Sin Director: Michael Cristofer, Writers: Cornell Woolrich (novel), Michael Cristofer (screenplay), Stars: Antonio Banderas, Angelina Jolie and Thomas Jane USA/2001/ 120 mins/col, at 6.00 p.m.

January 21, 2011

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Beautiful Director: Jae-Hong Jeon, Writers: Jae-Hong Jeon (screenplay), Ki-duk Kim (story,) Stars: Su-yeon Cha, Myeong-soo Choi and Min-soo Kim Korea/ 2008/90 mins/col,
at 6.00 p.m.

January 24, 2011

Public lecture by Pradeep Chakravarthy, JNU, LSE, on the secrets and treasures of the Saraswati Mahal Library 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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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.

Happy new year, dear readers!

2011 is here! A whole new year of fun, excitement and the unexpected! And with it, so is our faithful newsletter. Read on to find out our plans for the new month.

Dissemination Plans:

The first month of this new year, we shall concentrate on dissemination of our recent publications, especially at the community level.

At the chennai office, we have already scheduled a full day workshop for teachers, in using the Vaagriboli Multilingual Dictionary. With over 25 teachers who teach in Narikurava schools participating, the workshop will be the first in a series of sessions we plan to conduct. The primary aim of these workshops will be to equip the teachers to use the dictionary so that students from the Vaagri community are at a lesser disadvantage while communicating in vehicular languages of Tamil or English.

Our colleagues at the field have already taken these books to the children of the community and the workshop is structured based on the feedback we received from them. Srinivasa Varma, Co-author of the dictionary, and Bhaktavatsala Barathy, our field coordinator, will facilitate the workshop. The first session is scheduled for January 30, 2011. If you are interested in participating, write to us here.

Similarly, at the Digital community Archive in H.D.Kote for the Jenukurumbas, our colleague Ksheerasagar is planning a series of workshops for the Jenu Nudi (Kannada-English) dictionary.

These dictionaries will enable Vaagri and Jenu Kuruba children to comprehend the neighboring vehicular languages in the schools. The use of the mother tongue in education and public communications is an important issue for indigenous communities. Bilingual and intercultural schooling has become the object of educational policy for indigenous communities in many parts of the world. Specialists in education agree that early schooling in both the native mother tongue and the official language of the state is of great benefit to indigenous children, who may become proficient in the vehicular language of the wider society without losing their vernacular idiom.

At the Digital Community Archive of Seraikella Chhau, however, we are employing a slightly different strategy. Since the nature of the book is different, a workshop on using the text is hardly necessary. Our colleague Tapan Kumar Pattanayak is planning to present copies of the text to the concerned authorities in the Government and request aid in procuring basic amenities for the Chhau institute and for the town in general. Seraikella as a town does not have basic facilities for supporting tourists. There are no hotels or lodges. Since the Jarkhand government is planning to promote the Chaitra Parva festival, these facilities are necessary to attract tourists. Our colleague will use the book to promote the art, the institute and the town. We will soon know how fruitful our endeavors will be!

We are also looking to introduce the books to a wider audience. For now, we have identified a few Universities and colleges across Chennai and Tamil Nadu and will be conducting interactive sessions with students and faculty, based on our work in the field.

Our director M.D.Muthukumarswamy will take our publications abroad! He is leaving for Norway and Germany on the 7th of this month to participate in a workshop in the University of Oslo, teach a course at the University of W?rzburg, and make presentations at the Universities of T?bingen and Heidelberg. We are hoping such active dissemination would sensitize and create awareness about the indigenous cultures and effect a positive change at the grass root level.

New Publications:

As an end of the year treat, we bring to you three more online publications! The tenth issue of our annual publication Indian Folklore Research Journal, is out! The articles range from “Lost in a Forest of Symbols: Can Some Animal, Bird, Tree or Djinn Help us Understand Myth and Folklore?” by Alok Bhalla, “One Who Stays for Good: Perantallu in Northern Coastal Andhra” by V.Krishnayya, “Communicating words and more- A study of oral traditions of Radh Bengal (including the districts of Purulia, West Mednipur and Bankura)” by Lopamudra Bajpai, “The Folk Process through New Media” by James Joycee, “Folk legends as Mirrors of Peoples Experiences: The Virgathas of Kumaon and Garhwal” by Mili Roy Anand, “Archives as Empowering Resource Centres for Communities: The Digital Community Archives of the National Folklore Support Centre, Chennai” by Anupama Shekar, “Redefining Archeology and the ethno-history of pre-colonial Singhbhum” by Asoka Kumar Sen and a review by Maria Kaliambou of In Quest of Indian Folktales: Pandit Ram Gharib Chaube and William Crooke by Sadhana Naithani. To subscribe to this exciting collection, write to us here.

Lokaratna, the journal of Folklore Foundation, Orissa, and Panuval an international journal of Tamil Studies, have been uploaded at our Journal Portal. You can download and read them for free!

And with that, we come to the end of our monthly updates. As always, we welcome any suggestions /feedback/criticism you might have. Please feel free to drop us a mail anytime! Don’t forget to checkout our new publications! Follow our website to catch the first glimpse of them and order them online at our online shop.

Wishing you a wonderful new year.

- 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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