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Desi Ethno-Aesthetic Festival
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5/8/2013 to 5/9/2013
When: 5/8/2013
Where: Kerala Sahitya Akademi Hall
Contact: Dr. C. R. Rajagopalan

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Folklore/indigenous knowledge capture a vast domain of aesthetic and consciousness experiences of ritual performances, oral poetry, crafts and wisdom. It represents the quintessential eco-culture based on the tangible and intangible living heritage of common man. The natives living in tune with nature have very strong oral traditions, art history, indigenous knowledge and performances encoded with a number of concepts for the conservation and enrichment of the biodiversity. Their knowledge systems – which is part of the Sui generis- about environment impart a lot of registries about their contributions to the ethno sciences; and these ethnic worldviews have been handed over from generation to generation. The local myths, ethno music and shaman trance performances are indicators of their intuitive knowledge about nature. The indigenous knowledge of the first peoples and farmers , they are the custodian of genetic resources, can be used to address and find solutions to the current polycrises like Global warming, food insecurity, climatic changes, eco-system exploitation etc. Traditional ritual performances are greatly related to fertility ecology while cultural symbology and visual anthropology are connected with the primitive agricultural landscape. Indigenous aesthetics is the sum of all the cultural expressions traditionally attained in every field of art by the indigenous people of each place.

International Centre for Folklore studies (Nattarivu Padana Kendram), Thrissur is organising 2 days International Folklore  Festival and seminar  from 8 to 9, May 2013 at Kerala Sahitya Akademi, Thrissur, Kerala. The pristine event is in collaboration with Folkland, PG centre, Karithalakkoottam, Moozhikkulam Shala, Vayali, Mulapadum Ravu, Mahatma Desaseva Trust.

Themes: Tangible and Intangible Traditions-Tribal wisdom, Indigenous Folk Performances, Oral Traditions, Eco-Folklore, Eco-Feminism, Folk Crafts, Traditional Knowledge,  Folk Theatre, Folklore and politics, Shamanism, Ethnomusicology, Ethno Aesthetics and Visual Anthropology

Programmes: Bamboo music, Meet the master folk performers, Performance of folk and tribal arts, Open forum, Exhibitions of folk crafts and folklore books, Ethnic food festival, Folk Film screenings, Workshops, Exhibition of rare paddy seed varieties, installations.

Book releasing: Mazhamooli, bamboo and culture.

Registration & call of papers, folklore films and performances: Before April 25, 2013

Contact address: Kannan N.K, VTS-35, Indraneelam, Kanimangalam P.O.,Thrissur-680027

Phone: 09633858096.


Dr.C .R. Rajagopalan,
International Centre for Folklore Studies
Kanimangalam P.O., Thrissur
Kerala, India 680027

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