March 2009



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NFSC and Tamilnadu Thiraippada Iyakkam jointly present the films ‘Trouble in Paradise’ (Ernst Lubisch/German/b&w/ 82 mins) on Wednesday, March 18, and ‘The Tinmine’ (Jiramaligool/ Thai/ 2004/ col/ 105 mins) on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m.

NFSC and Shikshantar jointly present the film ‘Fairhaven’ on Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m.

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The first issue of the Journal of Ethnomusicology is now up on our portal for journals.

Child’s Play: Journal of Children’s Arts and Media in India has now been launched. Click on the journal name for details and to find contact information of the editor to request submissions.

Full archives of the Indian Folklore Research Journal are available on the portal.

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

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

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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 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.

March 2009 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the National Folklore Support Centre!

As you can see, we have switched to a new format for the newsletter. If you have any problems viewing this or are amazed by the sheer aesthetic wizardry it must have taken to create this, do let us know! Continuing our tryst with innovation and use of new technology, you can now stay tuned to NFSC activites on Twitter.

If you read our last newsletter, you would have seen announcements two special lectures by speakers from Athabasca University, Canada’s open university. We are very, very happy to announce that following discussions with our visitors, a tri-partite collaboration with the NFSC, Madras University and the Athabasca University is now being worked out. This could ensure that the courses available on our portal will soon be validated by two insitutions of higher education!

In yet another prestigious colloboration, the NFSC has joined the Kancheepuram project of the University of Oslo. Our Director M.D. Muthukumaraswamy is part of the research team.

More good news! Now you can help strengthen NFSC by donating online.


The workshop with a focus on ‘Collection of Children’s Folklore’ was held at the Narikurava Archive between February 2 and 6. The workshop was conducted by Professor Peter Claus for students undergoing a course on cultural studies at the NFSC as a requirement for their diploma in arts management granted by Dakshinchitra.

Following the visit of eco-literature students doing their Masters in Literature at the Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai, to the Jenu Kuruba archive, field work officer Rayson K. Alex has put together a short film on their experience. Stay tuned for more information on when it will be available online.

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.

Field work officers have put together a documentary on the Jenu Kurubar and are working on producing one on the Gond community as well. Meanwhile, 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.

You can follow the links from for regular updates on the archives.


Students of the LV Prasad Film and TV Academy are busy recording voice-overs for the stories to be animated for the Encyclopaedia Indica under the supervision of noted documentary filmmaker Arunmozhi. Saora and Kerala mural art work were collected for animation over the last month.

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.

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