November 2010


In this Issue

Launch of New Journals

Board Meeting and Evolution


Watch out for

Encyclopaedia Indica

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Gives to NFSC

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

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Events Calendar:

November 10, 2010

Talk by Mr. Elumalai on Symbolic significance of ritual in Goddess Mariyamman worship’,
at 6 pm.

November 12, 2010

Marupakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Kanavuppaalam (Dream Bridge) Dir: Anto; duration: 9.16 mins; Dec, 2005, The Devil’s Bridge Dir: Temir Birnazarov; Kyrgyzstan, 1996, 10 minutes, b/w, documentary, no dialogue and In the Forest Hangs a Bridge, Written & Directed by Sanjay Kak, at 6 p.m.

November 16, 2010

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Milae (2002) directed by Young-Joo Byun and starring Yunjin Kim, Jong-won Lee, Seung-Ri Ha/ 112 mins/col / Korea,
at 6 p.m.

November 17, 2010

Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam along with NFSC will screen the film Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Sydney Pollack/159 mins/col/UK,
at 6 pm.

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NFSC Portal for Journals:

We have uploaded the latest edition of Indian Folklife.

The 10th issue of Indian Folklore Research Journal is due for publication in our Journal Portal by December 2010. Full archives of all our journals are available in the Journal Portal.

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Interested in Volunteering?

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.

Dear Readers,

Thank you so much for your greetings and wishes! We entered our fourteenth year last month, on the 21 October, 2010 to be precise, and we could hardly believe that another year has flown by, so fast! Dear readers, our sincere gratitude for all your support and encouragement. Without your participation and contribution, we would not have come so far.

Launch of New Journals:

To mark the beginning of the fourteenth year of our organization, we have launched two new journals. “The Journal of Media Studies” and the “Journal of Tribal Studies”. Like our other journals, both these publications are also peer-reviewed. We are in the process of setting up the editorial board. However, if you are interested in submitting your paper for publication in our Journals, please register online. Click here to register and submit for the “Journal of Media Studies” and here to register with “Journal of Tribal Studies”.

Excited? Wait! There is more! We are also planning to revamp our existing Journal of Ethnomusicology and bring out a special issue on “Festival and Music”. With the music festival season almost upon us, we thought this would be an additional treat for you, dear readers. To submit articles for this journal, click here.

Board Meeting and Evaluation:

The successful completion of another year deserves commemoration and celebration. But yes, we are also well aware that it is time for a round of critical re-examination of our activities. Our board meeting is scheduled to be held on the 27 November, 2010, along with the annual evaluation of one of our digital community archives. This time, our Seraikella Community Archive is to be evaluated. The evaluation process is very thorough, with simultaneous stock taking, interviews and discussion with the field staff, the committee members and going over the documentation. Like the evaluation last year (click here to read last year’s report), of the Ashakulam digital archive in vizhupuram, this also has book releases scheduled. We have on the agenda, the release of three community resource books – The Seraikella Chhau Photography book, the Jenukuruba and the Vaagri Dictionaries. These publications are all ready! And you dear readers, can order them online at our online shop.


Inspite of all the hustle, we haven’t forgotten our monthly round of screenings! With Marupakkam, we are organizing a screening session on the idea of ‘Bridges’. For more details, visit here. Don’t miss it!

On November 16 & 17, 2010 watch out for the screenings organized in association with TamilNadu Thiraippada Iyakkakm (TTI). ‘Click here for details.

Watch out for:

Also scheduled, is an additional treat. Meet Mr.Elumalai – a research scholar and PhD. Student at Presidency College, Chennai for a talk in ‘Symbolic significance of ritual in Goddess Mariyamman worship’ on November 10, 2010. The lecture will be in Tamil and includes audio – visual presentation on the subject. Don’t miss this opportunity to know and discuss more about the worship ritual of Goddesses! We are sure it is going to be an exciting session!

Encyclopaedia Indica:

Encylcopaedia Indica will soon be coming up with an interactive website where folktales are illustrated with different genres of folk paintings. This project is part of the Encylcopaedia meant for kids. At present, we are completing the first set of 60 stories. We have uploaded a sample animation in our blog. You can view it here.

So that’s all we have for you dear readers! We thank you once again for your support all these years! As always, we welcome any suggestions/feedback/criticism you might have. Please feel free to drop us a mail anytime! In the meanwhile, don’t forget to checkout our new publications! Follow our website to catch the first glimpse of them.

We will catch you next month!


- 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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