About Us

About Us

Organisation

Registered as a Trust Folklore foundation is headed by a group of members as trustees. Sri Sukant Mishra as the President of the Trust Dr Mahendra K Mishra is the founder managing Trustee and Director. There are members and coordinators of Folklore Foundation in many parts of Odisha.

Aims and Objectives

Folklore Foundation as an agency of cultural studies of Odisha aims the following

  • Document the rich oral tradition , texts and performance from the singers , story tellers and community at large to enrich the rich experiential knowledge of the community with that of the written culture and bridge the gap of cultural inequity.
  • Conduct research and study critically to examine the public relevance of folklore and understand the dynamics of its creation, structure and function in a given socio- cultural context
  • Promote the singers , story tellers and performers of folklore by honouring them and connecting them with the regional , national and international agencies for their self promotion
  • Connect community knowledge with the academic knowledge to promote cognitive aspect of the children, students and scholars
  • Publish journal and books related to multifaceted aspects of folklore of Odisha
  • Conduct seminars and workshops on folklore in different parts of Odisha and create a net work of folklorists
  • Apply folklore as a means of communication and knowledge in the development of literacy like early childhood Education, primary education, multilingual education indigenous education, adult and continuing education, health education, environmental education and heritage education.
  • Convergence with National and international organizations/ institutions/ universities for promotion of folklore research through adoption of project sand interns
  • Set up of community digital archives in tribal areas to reduce the digital divide and promote education and cultural conservation through technological devices

Convergence

Since last three years Folklore Foundation has convergence with INTACH, IGNCA and National Book Trust, India. Besides, it is collaborated with many national and International societies of folklore. The Foundation has also the network of grass root folk and tribal organizations to guide and promote indigenous culture and knowledge through a cultural movement. The Directory of Folklorists and singers, story tellers and writers of tribal and folk culture has been prepared to safeguard the intangible heritage of India.

What Do We Do?

At present out of 30, Folklore Foundation has taken 15 districts in Odisha and has created a pool of community resource persons and regional folklore scholars who have already dedication to their own communities / region and contribute to the cause of the universal folklore scholarship across the globe.

We want to connect the local with global and bring solidarity between multiversity with university. Small is possible and beautiful. Our motto is “one step ahead” as said by Mahatma Gandhi. Now members of Folklore Foundation has documented the linguistic aspects of 40 tribes to contribute the people’s linguistic survey of India.

Besides, a book has been published by Folklore Foundation entitled ‘Papschima Odishara Loka Geeta involving 30 eminent folklorists of Odisha. The next volume of the Foundation will be “Folklore across the Boundaries-One Voice- many Culture”.

Any interested person in folklore scholarship having solidarity in promoting community knowledge and promoting folklore scholarship breaking the divide of scholars and community can be a member. This includes exploration of one’s own region/district/community or interest group to mobilize and work on documenting , archiving , disseminating and publishing their knowledge in book form. Besides the community and scholars solidarity meet will be adopted by the local secretaries and coordinators.

Who to Involve

Any interested person in folklore scholarship having solidarity in promoting community knowledge and promoting folklore scholarship breaking the divide of scholars and community can be a member. This includes exploration of one’s own region/district/community or interest group to mobilise and work on documenting , archiving , disseminating and publishing their cultural system and knowledge. They will be the cultural bearers.

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