Folklore

Introduction

The Department of Folklore Research was established in 1972.

Vision & Mission Statement

Folklore Research Department relates its course to North-east India where cultural instability and decay of traditional knowledge is rampant any student interested in learning folk arts and knowledge can join this course This course will create activism and knowledge for the cause of cultural rights of the weaker groups and empower the communities by spreading awareness.

Folklore as a discipline pays attention to alternative systems and views. For this reason it can play very significant role in preservation of cultural diversity and protection of human rights. Moreover, it studies artistic forms and aesthetics. Beauty laden in folklore as symbols and meanings projects human feelings and values. Alternative paradigms of development, science, nature and life can help mankind to overcome problems of extractive models of natural sciences. The department creates condition of human peace and contributes to the environment of local cultures. The department aspires to restore value and appreciation of folklore and culture of diverse human groups.

Today smaller cultural groups are facing threat to their cultures. This is an important problem of human security. In this context, the department proposes to:

Establish the value of folk arts, literature, music and folk science of the region, Document, promote and interpret them, integrate theoretical study with the problems faced by the communities in case of their folklore and cultural existence and frame action programmes for promotion of smaller cultures in the era of globalization. The department in its curriculum and research pursues these tasks.

It evaluates the condition of folklore security not only as a dimension of human security but also as a matter of cultural rights. The recognition of cultural forms of the weaker groups restores their self-respect and therefore such activities are part of the perspective plan of the department. Cultural preservation, growth, tourism, cultural rights ,human security ,participation of the folklorists in rights based development are some of the concerns of the department.

Objectives

The objectives of the department are to offer post-graduate training and carry out research on international folklore theory and Indian folklore with special emphasis on the North-east India.

History

The Folklore Research Department was established with a view to study oral literature, customs, art forms and performing arts of the communities of North-east India especially Assam.The department had its inception in a scheme for a Folklore Archive intiated by Professor Birinchi Kumar Barua in 1955. It was renamed as The Department of Tribal Culture and Folklore Research.It was kept attached to the Anthropology Department but its affairs were handled by Professor Barua till his death in 1964.After his demise Professor Praphulladatta Goswami took charge of the department. In 1972 it became an independent department and was again renamed as the Department of Folklore Research. After professor Goswami Professor Birendranath Datta took charge in 1981 and consolidated the activates of the Department. He was succeeded by Professor Nabin Chandra Sarma in 1995.Dr Kishore Bhattachajee took charge of the Department in 1998 and is in charge till date.Department has received very distinguished national and international visitors including Professor R.M.Dorson.

Courses

M.Phil

RESEARCH AREAS

Folk narratives, customary folklore, Performing folk arts, folklore of North-east India,Gender and folklore,ethnicity and folklore ,cultural construction, and folklore and politics.

Guides
1. Dr. Dinesh Baishya
2. Prof.N.C.Sarma
3. Dr.P.C.Das
4. Dr.Kishore Bhattacharjee
5. Dr.Anil Boro
6. Dr. Mrinal Medhi
7. Mrs Dr. Bijoya Baruah
8. Dr. Mrinal Bora

Ongoing Projects

Digital depository of the folklore items relevant for protection of intellectual property rights PI Dr. Kishore Bhattacharjee ,Funding Agency- MHRD , Marai Gan PI Dr. Kishore Bhattacharjee ,Funding Agency-National Folklore Support Centre . Musical Instruments of Assam. PI Dr A.K.Boro., Funding Agency-UGC.

Staff

Kishore Bhattacharjee
MA (Calcutta) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore Theory, Folk Narratives, Urban Folklore, Socio-cultural Anthropology
Anil Kumar Boro
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folk Literature, Bodo Literature, Post Modernism
Pallabi Borah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folk Narratives, Social and Cultural Geography
Mrinal Medhi
MA (Kanpur) PhD (Gauhati) Research Methodology, Formalism, English Literature (Guest Faculty)
Prabin Chandra Das (Retired Faculty)
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore
Prabin Chandra Das
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folk Literature, Assamese Literature (Guest Faculty)
Sudipto Bezbaroa
MA in English Language and Teaching (Gauhati) Linguistics (Part-time Faculty)

Contact

Dr.Kishore Bhattacharjee
[Head of Department]
Phone No : 09706011139 ,
Email :	bhattkishore@gmail.com
Website : folklore.gauhati.ac.in
                       

Organised Indian Folklore Congress in 2004.

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