Folklore Foundation

ABOUT US

Organisation

Registered as a Trust, Folklore foundation is maintained 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 in India aims the following

Since last 12 years Folklore Foundation has convergence with INTACH, IGNCA and National Book Trust, India and Sahitya Academy. 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 the state.

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 to volunteer their own communities / region and contribute to the cause of folklore scholarship.

The purpose of the FF is to connect the local with global and bring solidarity between multiversity with university. Our motto is “one step ahead” as said by Mahatma Gandhi. Now members of Folklore Foundation has documented the linguistic aspects of 37 scheduled tribes and have contributed the People’s Linguistic Survey of India.

Besides, a book has been published by Folklore Foundation entitled ‘Paschima 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”( Edited) and Kamar Oral Tradition by Mahendra Mishra.

 

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 village / region/community or interest group to mobilize and work on documenting, archiving, disseminating and publishing their knowledge . For this the regional secretaries and coordinators have taken their voluntary responsibilities.

Publications Books

 

  1. Paschima Odishara Loka Geeta 2009 Edited by Dr Chitrasen Pasayat
  2. Dr Lohia , Personality and Thoughts by Dr Mahendra K Mishra

Journals LOKARATNA: An International Journal on Folklore

Lokaratna is the e-journal of the Folklore Foundation, Bhubaneswar. Lokaratna is a peer-reviewed International journal with ISSN: 2347-6427. This journal has also been approved by the University Grant Commission, Government of India,New Delhi.The purpose of the journal is to explore the rich cultural tradition of India for a wider readership. Any scholar across the globe interested to contribute on any aspect of folklore is welcome. This volume represents the articles on culture, folklore, education, and language pedagogy.

The objectives of the journal are:

Request for online/manuscript submissions should be addressed to Mahendra Kumar Mishra
Editor in Chief, Lokaratna,
Folklore Foundation,
Bhubaneswar,
Odisha- 751010
E mail: lokaratnaindia@gmail.com
www.folklorefoundation.org.in

series

Lokaratna jOURNAL

Board of Advisors

Eminent Linguist, Founder Director,CIIL,Mysore ,India

Eminent Linguist.Ex Professor,DEpt of Linguistics, JNU, New Delhi

Prof , Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Bhasha Research Center, Baroda

Janapada Sampada , IGNCA, New Delhi

NTACH,New Delhi

Altai University

Editorial Board

Dr Mahendra K Mishra

Editor in Chief
 

Dr Subhasis Nanda

Asst Professor,GITAM University Hyderabad

Dr Indranil Acharya

Vidyasagar Univesity, MIdnapur, West Bengal

Prof. Ranjan K. Panda

IIT, Bombay 

Dr Shubhendu Mund

Retired Professor in English , Bhubaneswar 

Dr Harekrushna Meher

Retd.Professor of Sanskrit,Bhubaneswar

Dr Amitendu Bhattacharya

Asst. Professor, BITS Pilani (Goa)

Dr Sharmila Chhotray

Department of Sociology, Tripura University,Agartala

Dr Akshayya K. Rath

NIT, Rourkela.

Dr C. Vijaykumar

Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Soudi Arabia

Prof. Anand Mahanand

EFLU, Hyderabad, Executive Editor 

Angelica MARINESCU

3 Orient St., Bucharest, Romania | PallasPalli C-103, Bhubaneswar, India
(0040) 722255368 | (0091) 7656942773
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Publication of E journal of Folklore LOKARATNA in collaboration with the national Folklore Support Center , Chennai and World Oral Literature Project of Department of Anthropology , Cambridge University UK

The journal publish original research article on culture, folklore, oral tradition, social history, religion and tribal culture. This journal contains multidisciplinary approach in research and promotes new ideas and critical thinking in cultural studies. Many established folklorists across the globe have contributed to this journal.

The above journal has been widely linked with the web sites of many universities and institutes across the globe and this can be found in the web site by just clicking Lokaratna – the journal of Folklore foundation, Orissa. The journal has an editorial committee in different disciplines to review the articles before it is published. Lokaratna is published once in a year.

The articles, after grouping them thematically and thoroughly edited by the group of subject experts, will be published as library edition.

Members:

Persons who are committed to community knowledge and folklore, community digital archives indigenous education and knowledge, multilingual education, applied linguistics and bio-cultural diversity, ecology and tribal studies, cultural studies and literature are welcome to be a member in Folklore Foundation. Their membership is a voluntary work, sparing their creative and academic time to contribute for the cause. The prime objective of this foundation is to promote folklore scholarship among the unreached population and connect them with a global network of scholarship.

All the members will be informed to take part in regional, national and international workshops and seminars taken up in different times of the year. The foundation will also make necessary facilities for the members to get their folklore papers and books published. Periodical seminars in different regions of Odisha will be encouraged by the folklore Foundation.

Office Bearers of Folklore Foundation

Mr Sukant Mishra,Bhubaneswar

Managing Trustee
 

DR M K Mishra,Bhubaneswar

Managing Trustee

Sapan Prusty, Baripada

Durga Layak, Keonjhar

Deepak Das

Computer Administrator And Web Services

Shibaram

www.cosmoquest.info

srm@cosmoquest.info

Office Management

Mr Bijaya Kumar Nath

Research and Studies
 

Dr Priyadarshini Mishra

Workshops and Seminar, Publication

Ms Gauri Prabha Singh

MSW, Research Assiciater

Ms.Bijayini Patra

MSW,B Ed. Research Associate 

Regional Secretaries

Dr.Sushil Kumar Bag

Bargarh
 

Manoj K Herna

Boudh

Opino Gomanga

Gajapati

Bayamanu Charchi, Sailendra P Acharya

Kalahandi

Durga Layak, Anuj M Pradhan

Keonjhar
 

Khetrabasi Manseth, Dr.Rajendra Padhi

Kondhmal

Ranjan Mahuria, Himansu K Maharana

Koraput

Manoj Sahu, Dr Damayanti Besra

Malkangiri

Dr Sanatan Munda, Dr. Sefali Mohanta

Mayurbhanj
 

Subash Chandra Mishra Dr.Pradeep K Mishra, Anupaama Mahapatra

Nabarangpur

Anupaama Mahapatra, Kandarp Kishan, Baikuntha Pradhan

Sambalpur

Smita Mishra, Dr.Debasis Pandiya

Sonepur

Surendra Kumar

Nuapada 
 

Folklorists from Tribal Communities

Srinibas Gomanga

Kaira Singh Bandia

Purna Chandra Singh

Ananda Madhi

Bhimsen Wanjamin

Purusottam Sing

Ganga Sindhu padiami

Hilarus Tirkey

Fakir Kispata

Ludo Pradhan

Arjun Nayak

Sukru Jani

Kshetrabasi Juanga

Sugriba Juanga

Gobind Gond

Bhinguram Gond

Premanand Halwa

Mohan Chinda

Taranisen Bariha

Mahendra Bariha

Tilesu Disari

Gokul Bihari Das

Laxman Hikaka

Gagarin Sabar

Krushna Sabar

Activities

Aims and Objectives

Annual Activities( 2008-2011) (2012)

2008:

In the month of 5- 7 June 2008 Conduced a State Level Workshop on Folklore of Orissa: Past and Present. The focal theme of the workshop was to assess the history of folklore study from three phases 

  • Missionaries period 
  • National Movement period and 
  • Post independence period.

45 Participants participated in the workshop and the future direction of folklore study in Odisha was conceptualized Year Wise Activities 

2009:

In 2009  October 3- 5, the focal theme of the Folklore Seminar was First and folklore. The knowledge that is constructed between man and nature is due to the existence of forest and its resources. The aim of this seminar was to understand the power and space of the indigenous people of Odisha and to assess how the mental text of the communities has reserved the collective knowledge on forest and its resources. The findings of the seminar are that forest as perceived by the modern term is different from the forest conceptualized by the communities. The whole land and forest were perceived in different names with different values attached to it. The traditional names of the forest and the categories of forest that is narrated in the oral narratives and oral myths and epics are blended with many exploring knowledge on the land. The socio economic life, folklore, oral tradition, medicine, secrets of forest and the nature of birds and animals , beauty of forest in different seasons, gods and goddesses residing in the forest , forest worship and mountain worship etc are vividly discussed by the indigenous people and the folklorists. 

2010:

In 2010 a state level Seminar was organized in Orissa involving the folklorists from across the state. The focal theme of the seminar was about using folklore and local knowledge in primary education and connecting schools with the community knowledge system. The relevance of folklore in creativity and cognitive domain was discussed by the linguists, anthropologists, psychologists and folklorists. Besides the application of folklore in school curriculum was discussed and based on it the findings were shared with the school teachers, university scholars and community members. 

The activities like storytelling festival, art and craft, traditional music and dance and games were tapped to examine how the folklore plays a vital role in perpetuating the experiential knowledge and connect it with the contemporary knowledge. 

January 11 to April 2012:

Preparation of a comprehensive Directory of Folklorist of Odisha based on tribes, genres and regions. Documentation of endangered languages and folklore in Odisha under intangible heritage programme. 

2012- Documentation of  Kamar Oral Tradition, Conducted oral poets meet in Kundra Koraput.

2013-2014 ; Documentation of  ethnic Ramayan in tribal languages,Koraput,  Nuapada and Bargarh.

2015-

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 village / region/community or interest group to mobilize and work on documenting, archiving, disseminating and publishing their knowledge . For this the regional secretaries and coordinators have taken their voluntary responsibilities.

Publications Books

 

  1. Paschima Odishara Loka Geeta 2009 Edited by Dr Chitrasen Pasayat
  2. Dr Lohia , Personality and Thoughts by Dr Mahendra K Mishra

Activities

Aims and Objectives

Annual Activities( 2008-2011) (2012)

Projects and Documents

Links

Lokaratna
https://indianfolklore.org/journals/index.php/Lok
Lokaratna is the official journal of the Folklore Foundation, located in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. Lokaratna is a peer-reviewed academic journal in Oriya and English.

Lokaratna: Official Journal of the Folklore Foundation
www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/1810/228735/1/Lokaratna_03.pdf
Lokaratna – Non-funded collaborations
www.communitywalk.com/location/lokaratna/info/5565833
www.mendeley.com/research/lokaratna-volume-2/ – United States
H-Net Discussion Networks – Vol 3 (2010) issue of Lokaratna
h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/logbrowse.pl?trx=vx…h…
The recent edition of Lokaratna, Vol 3 (2010), the official journal of the Folklore Foundation, Bhubaneswar, Orissa (India), has been uploaded in the …

Partnerships – World Oral Literature Project : Research & Outreach
www.oralliterature.org/collections/partnerships.html
21 Nov 2011 – As the official journal of the Folklore Foundation, Lokaratna is a bilingual, peer reviewed academic journal published in Oriya and English.

Children’s Folklore

Folklore Foundation has collected more than 5000 folktales from the children and the story tellers from different cultural region of Odisha and has documented it. The purpose of this documentation is to create a school community linkage and bring solidarity among the parents and teachers and schools to promote community knowledge. The thematic areas like eco – literacy, creativity and cognition, visual pedagogy and nature study through folktales, story map, story chart and village map. etc have been adopted to sensitize the community and school children to explore that knowledge emerges from experience. Children’s experiential learning is documented as expressive tradition.

Some specimen of Children’s Literature and illustration

Folktales

Myths

Tribal Oral Tradition

Documentation of oral tradition from the endangered tribal communities of Odisha is the prime objective of Folklore Foundation. In the first instance, FF has taken the pilot study on documentation of fast vanishing oral tradition of Kamar ( paharia) communities of Odisha.

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 village / region/community or interest group to mobilize and work on documenting, archiving, disseminating and publishing their knowledge . For this the regional secretaries and coordinators have taken their voluntary responsibilities.

Publications Books

 

  1. Paschima Odishara Loka Geeta 2009 Edited by Dr Chitrasen Pasayat
  2. Dr Lohia , Personality and Thoughts by Dr Mahendra K Mishra