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  • houndbee
  • Posted: SwB Team
  • Dated: 06 March , 2009
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Voicing the Marginals

Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory.

That is a part of the pithy manifesto of the NFSC, the National Folklore Support Centre, a Chennai based NGO 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.”

Scholars has had NFSC publications on our site for a while now- their Indian Folklore Research Journal ifrj can be subscribed via SwB

They are also engaged in establishing digital archives for a number of communities such as the Jenu Kuruba , the Nari Kurava and the Seraikela Chhau where rich oral traditions and traditional knowledge systems thrive and determine the lives of the people.

In addition, they publish a number of books on the folkloric traditions of peoples and cultures that are vanishing fast: sample titles are Oral Epics of Kalahandi, Indian Folktales from Mauritius, Khasi-Jaintia Folklore, and so on… Come explore!

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