NSA plenary talk on folk literature and storytelling

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/15/2019 11:45:26 AM IST

Naga Scholars Association (NSA) organized a plenary talk on “Reviving folk literature and storytelling”, at School of International Studies (SIS), JNU, New Delhi on April 13. 

A press release by NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan stated that the first speaker, Dr. Walunir, associate professor, Amity University, spoke on “Trends and Issues in Folklife, Folklore and Folkloristics”. He posed the question whether “retrieving” folklore does justice or damage a living corpus of life and knowledge. He also stated that folkloristics needs to find ethical means to be relevant in the changing world.

The 2nd speaker Dr. Theyiesinuo Keditsu, assistant professor of Kohima College, presented “In our own Imagery: Indigenising Poetry in English through Folklore”. He rued that Nagas were still trapped in the “colonized mindset”, due to which they write about their past by using modern terminologies about which their forefathers would have no idea.

The 3rd speaker, Kaikho Ashuni, producer, Electronic Media Production Centre, IGNOU. Ashuni in her presentation on “Storytelling in the age of Digital Media” opined that writing alone cannot do justice to indigenous folklore and culture. She added that the digitally literate should use digital media to further the process of storytelling and not stay confined to written oral history alone. 

The session was followed by discussions and feedbacks from participants and some reflections from the chairperson professor Nandini Sahu on the importance of folk literature and storytelling. 

The rapporteurs were Solomon Zingkhai, Sachoiba Inkah and Lung Nathan. Earlier, a welcome address was delivered by NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan and vote of thanks by Akhum David Longkumer.



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