|English||National Folklore Support Centre|
|Category||Research Institute General NGO|
Oral Traditions and Expressions
Social Practices, Rituals and Festive Events
Education and Training
National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a nongovernmental, 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 multidisciplinary 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.
National Folklore Support Centre has firmly consolidated its position as the premier academic and public folklore organization in India through creation of resources such as a substantial audio visual archive based on ethnographic fieldwork, publications, documented public programs, Internet broadcastings, and specialized library facilities. Program initiatives at NFSC are undertaken primarily for the sake of creation of resources for the folklore field consisting of folk artists, scholars, activists, institutions, and communities.
The types of resources are databases, methodologies, library and archival collections, manuals and guides, reference works such as encyclopaedia, replicable prototypes, publications and other media that act as forum for the field and create knowledge in a particular domain where there is a perceivable gap. NFSC has examples in each of the types mentioned above.
NFSC pursues and sustains the scholarly quest in such a way that at the end of a serial we have a significant body of work. Examples of serialized programs include series of lectures, the quarterly newsletter, Indian Folklife, workshops in visual arts traditions of India, and research and documentation projects on the oral epics of India. In case of theoretical endeavors, an inquiry is carried over several seminars, symposiums, and publications.
NFSC’s way of addressing the challenges involved in each of its projects is in built into the programming cycle and the solutions are arrived at through wide consultations with the constituencies NFSC serves. NFSC chooses to work with highly marginalized and historically disadvantaged communities. For the best deployment of resources, viability of a project, possibility of comparisons in different contexts, and prior research done are also taken into consideration in deciding the program/ research themes.
NFSC’s past programs include:
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