July 2011

NATIONAL FOLKLORE SUPPORT CENTRE

Table of Contents

Film Release

New Publications

From Seraikella Chhau DCA

Conferences, Films and stories

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Give to NFSC

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

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Events Calendar:

July 1, 2011

Release & Launch of Human Rights Campaign Documentary Mercury in the Mist followed by a screening of three films. Three of Us, by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, Everything Ok by Akjol Bekbolotov and Gaon Chodab Nahin by K.P. Sasi
at 6:00 p.m at the Center.

July 2, 2011

Story telling classes for children, organized by World Storytelling Institute, from
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Center.
visit here for more details.

July 20, 2011

TamilNadu Thiraipada Iyakkam (TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film ‘Biutiful‘ by Alejandro González Iñárritu
at 6:00 p.m. at the Center.

July 21, 2011

TamilNadu Thiraipada Iyakkam (TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film ‘Paul‘ by Greg Mottola
at 6:00 p.m. at the Center.

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NFSC Portal for Journals:

The 10th issue of Indian Folklore Research Journal is out and has been uploaded on our Journal Portal. Full archives of the Indian Folklore Research Journal and Indian Folklife are available on the Journal Portal. The journal from the North East – Ishani has been updated. Also read our updated tamil publication Panuval.

Buy NFSC Publications online!

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Volunteer at NFSC:

We invite volunteers who can contribute online or at the Center. Interested volunteers 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.

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Information Corner:

Dakshina Chitra, Chennai, presents art exhibition of three artists from Puducherry. Visit here to view their entire list of events for the month.

Hello Readers!

How are you doing? We hope this newsletter finds you well, in spite of the heat and the power cuts! It gives us great pleasure to announce and invite you for a very special program this month. Curious? Well, read on and find out!

Film Release:

As you might be aware, NFSC and Marupakkam have been jointly conducting monthly screenings of documentaries for the last few months. Well, this month, in addition to the screenings, NFSC is proud to host the release of a brand new documentary film ‘Mercury in the Mist‘ by filmmaker and activist Amudhan R.P. Cinematographer Mr.Rathnavelu will release the first copy of the film. It will be received by Ms.Vahidha Nizam, Vice-President, AITUC. Visit here for more details.

New Publications:

Our latest issue of Indian Folklife – the 38th issue, is out! Guest edited by Heike Moser, this issue is on the traditional Sanskrit theater of Kerala – Kutiyattam. It is titled Kutiyattam: 10 Years after the UNESCO Declaration. With over fifteen contributions, the journal is unique as it reflects the opinions and ideas of both scholars and artistes of Kutiyattam. Our guest editor has done a wonderful job indeed and you should definitely catch this issue. There are two versions of this journal. Due to space constraints, we have uploaded three special articles in the online version only. You can download all of them here or write to us here for a hard copy.

From Seraikella Chhau DC:

At the Seraikella archive, the preparations for our next publication are underway. The publication, a collected volume of papers on ‘Folk Dances of Jharkhand’ is a collaborative effort, with Dr.Rabindranath Sharma, Assistant Professor, Central University of Jharkhand. As part of the collaboration, Central University will host a seminar on the ‘Folk Dances of Jharkhand’ and selected papers submitted to this conference, will get published as a collected volume. The first circular for the seminar is out! You can view it here.

Conferences, Films and Stories:

At the office all of us are busy updating the archive. We are currently involved in logging field photographs and have successfully finished close to four thousand photographs (if not more!). Our colleagues from the community stayed with us for a week and personally helped us in logging photographs. We hope to finish this process at the earliest.

Since April 2011 NFSC has signed an MOU with Universitát Tübingen that allows for an exchange program. We look forward to a friutful collaboration with them. And, speaking of Universities, our Director M.D.Muthukumaraswamy visited the University of Oslo for a week long workshop. He is just back from this exciting trip and has already begun collecting exciting stories for you to read! Keep an eye on NFSC Lore to read them as soon as they are uploaded!

And, that’s all we have for you this month! Remember to check out our screenings for the month. We have some amazing films lined up for you! Click here and here for further details.

Don’t forget to catch the world premiere of Mercury in the Mist! We will see you next month.

Sayonara!

- 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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