May 2011


Table of Contents

Fieldwork Reports


Meetings, Film screenings and Folktales

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Give to NFSC

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

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Events Calendar:

May 6, 2011

Marupakkam along with NFSC will screen
Solitary life of a Crane, by Eva Weber
In Search Of My Home, by Sushmit Ghosh and Rintu Thomas
(Vartul) Circle by Santosh Ram.
at 6:00 p.m.

May 18, 2011


TamilNadu Thiraipada Iakkam(TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film ‘The Garden of Eden
at 6:00 p.m.

May 19, 2011

TamilNadu Thiraipada Iakkam(TTI) along with NFSC will screen the film The Jane Austen Book Club at 6:00 p.m.

May 27, 2011

NFSC presents a public lecture on Remembering Shanta Rao, by Shri. Ashoke Chatterjee at 6:00 p.m

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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 the latest issue of Tamil journal 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:

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) are inviting applicants from Asia and Europe to participate in the 17th ASEF University (AU17) on the theme of “Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”. visit here for more details.

Interested in animated folk tales? visit A website that presents, for the first time, an animated South Indian Folk Epic on the Legend of Ponnivala. Created by the famous folklorist Brenda Beck, the legend of Ponnivala is the story of Annanmarswami Kathai from the Coimbatore region of Tamilnadu. Brenda Beck has demonstrated how the famous Tamil oral epic can be made accessible in schools and colleges.

Hello Readers!

Behold our all new newsletter! Revamped in structure and design, this newsletter marks a new beginning, a tribute to your enthusiastic response and participation in all our activities, especially in the Summer Film Festival. Your response has been so heartwarming that it has instilled new energy and enthusiasm in all of us!

Fieldwork Reports:

We have all successfully finished our field work and are back at Chennai office, reviewing the data collected. M.D. Muthukumaraswamy and our photographer Puduvai Ilavenil had gone on a field research trip to Jenukuruba settlements. They did extensive visual documentation of the village structure, the elephant training methods and the ‘everyday life’ of the community. Ksheera Sagar, Somanna, Sailendra, and Suhel from the Jenukuruba community archive participated in the fieldwork.

Around 1,000 photographs have been added to our ever increasing archive. These photographs will be used to construct a visual narrative of the culture and lifestyle of the Jenukurubas. The publication will be brought out by the end of September 2011. Keep reading our newsletter for further updates on this exciting new book!

Aparna, Aruvi and I had been to Seraikella to document the Chaitra Parva festival. From April 1, 2011 to April 14, 2011, the festival was celebrated with all pomp and splendor. The Government Chhau Academy conducted an all night festival of Seraikella Chhau performances on April 23, 2011. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri.Arjun Munda was the chief guest and copies of our publication – the Seraikella Chhau Photobook, were distributed to all dignitaries, guests and artistes.

We did extensive interviews with the artistes and devotees, on the changing nature of the Chaitra Parva festival and the impact this has on Seraikella Chhau. A documentary film tracing the changes in the festival is underway. The film on the chaitra Parva festival that was in the final stages of edit last month has been completed. Watch our Youtube Channel to view this film first!


Guess what?! Our flagship publication Indian Folklife is out! The 36th edition edited by Peggy A.Bulger, Director, American Folklife Center is a special issue featuring the history and activities of the Center. The online versions of this issue can be downloaded here. Write to us to order your own personal hard copy.

The journal portal hosted by NFSC has two more new additions. The latest issue of Panuval – an international journal for Tamil Studies has been uploaded. Also check out the special issue of Ishani, on global warming and climate change – A must read for all of us in these hot summer months!

Meetings, Film screenings, and folktales:

Our annual meeting of our board meeting is scheduled to be held on May 27, 2011, in Chennai. Esteemed trustee Shri. Ashoke Chatterjee will deliver a lecture on ‘Remembering Shanta Rao’, on the same day, the 27th of May 2011. The talk will be followed by filmed glimpses from the archives of Omnibus (USA) and BBC(UK). A photo exhibition of Sunil Janah’s photographs from the book on Shanta Rao, by Sunil Janah and Ashoke Chatterjee. Don’t miss it!

That’s not all! Our monthly film screenings, in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam and with Marupakkam, are also scheduled on popular demand. The films ‘Garden of Eden’ and ‘The Jane Austen Book Club‘ will be screened on 18th and 19th of May 2011. On the first Friday, 6th May, 2011, Marupakkam, along with NFSC will screen three films – Solitary life of a Crane, In Search Of My Home and (Vartul) Circle.The venue is the usual – Our school for Indian Folklore.

All are welcome!

oh! and before I sign off, I should tell you about M.D.Muthukumaraswamy’s collection of folktales! Want to know How the Summer came to Earth? or watch the animation of the Eagle and the Wicked Cat?. Each one is more interesting than the last! Check them out here.

Will write again next month to keep posted on center’s activities.

Hasta la vista!

- 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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