NSA lecture on oral folk narratives

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 7/14/2018 11:52:37 PM IST
The Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organised a special talk titled “Folk oral narratives: its relevance and function in contemporary times” in JNU, New Delhi on July 13. 
A press release by NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan and general secretary, Dr. Lungthuiyang Raimei stated that, the speaker Dr. Achinglu Kamei started her talk by mentioning how oral folk narratives, in the past, was considered under the misconception that it was about village life and not mainstream, nor relevant. Dr. Achinglu also shared about how folklore was an “important genre of traditional literature” and that modern literature was born out of the traditional. She asserted that “we must begin from where we were” and she also informed the audience about one way in which the folktales could be categorised: moral tales, etiological tales and dilemma tales. She also emphasised on the need for insiders to preserve stories and legends about survival skill, endurance, ethics, and respect for nature and for humanity through the act of story writing.
Dr. Achinglu was of the strong opinion that Nagas could build confidence in their own narratives and regain the self esteem that has been lost in the long period of oppressive colonial representation of their culture.
Earlier in the program, a welcome address was given by Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan, president of NSA and the program was chaired by Sengmei. Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Lungthuiyang Raimei.

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