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Folkland International


Folkland, International Centre for folklore and Culture is an institution
registered on 20.12.1989 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 vide
the No 406/89.During the last 22 years it has passed through various stages
of growth especially in the field of performance, production, documentation
and research besides the preservation of folk-art and culture.Folkland
functions as-
(1) An international Centre for folklore and culture
(2) As a Cultural Organization with clearly defined objectives and targets for
research and promotion of ICH.

Folkland has branched and reached far and wide into almost every nook
and corner of the world. It has strived hard and treads the un trodden path
with a clear motto of preservation and inculcation of old folk and cultural
values in our society.Folkland has a credit of organizing many a festival on
folkarts, workshop on folklore, culture, linguistics etc. Seminars, discussions
and symposia are also conducted and thus contributed in the process of rekindling
the folk lamps, which has shed streaks of light into our past treasure
of knowledge.

Folkland has revitalized the old and extinct art forms like
Chimmanakkali,MangalamKali,Vannankoothu,Kurathiyattam etc with the
assistance of Dept of Culture,Govt of India and Sangeeth Natak Academy,
New Delhi.Folkland has veritable collection in the field of folksongs, Folk
Art forms,riddles,fables myths etc which are in the verge of extinction
recorder and kept in the archives for scholastic endeavors and posterity.

Folkland has already conducted workshops on Theyyam Costumes,
myths, literature, tribal arts, Poorakkali, Ethnomusic, folk handicrafts
etc.Besides its annual festivals, Folkland has a credit of hosting 17th Indian
Folklore Congress at Trivandrum 23rd to 27th December 1996.

The main activities of Folkland falls under the performance, study and
research on folklore.Folkland has more than 600 Artistes in our roll
comprised of Theyyam ,ThidanmpuNirtham, Poorakkali Velakali, Kolkali,
Mangalamkali ,Oppana ,Daphu muttu, Kalaripayattu etc.

- Performance
Being the premier organization in the field of performance in the
traditional art forms,Folkland has been invited by several organizations and
Departments like Zonal Cultural Centres of Dept of Culture,Govt of
India,Dept of Tourism,Sangeetha Nataka Academy,Tourism Promotion
Council and various other organizations

- International Programs
Folkland artistes have been performing abroad as the empanelled
artistes of ICCR ( Ministry of external affairs, Govt of India), and eminent
artistes of India. Folkland artistes had participated in following International
events –
All Malaysian Malayalee Festival , Malaysia
The Days of Indian Culture in Russia,Russia
Frankfurt Book Fair, Germany
ITB Berlin, Germany
Moscow Book Fair, Russia
Gannat Festival in France , France

- Research
Folkland has initiated several research projects during the last 16
years.Major among them are Survey, Documentation and Research on
Kerala folklore, Art forms related to floor-al drawings, fertility cult of
Kerala,Different aspects of Theyyam,poorakkali etc.

- National Seminars

- Previous National Seminars conducted by Folkland
Folkland conducts National seminars on folklore and culture every year at
different parts of India. National Teyyam Seminar at IGNCA, New Delhi
(2005) National Seminar at St Marian College Kuttikanm, Kottayam, Kerala
(2006) National Seminar at Ooty , Tamil nadu (2007) National seminar at
B.R. Hills, Karnataka(2009) National seminar at Portblair , Andaman
Nicobar Islands(2011) Bubaneswar( Orissa) 2013 are the previous Seminars.
Folkland had also associated with Kannur University in conducting National
Seminars during 2008 and 2009 respectively.

- Exhibitions
Folkland has conducted photo, folkart and material culture exhibitions
in several places.

- Conservation of Manuscripts
Folkland has conducted several workshops for conserving the palm
leaf manuscripts.Folkland has surveyed palm leaf manuscripts under
National Manuscripts Mission, New Delhi.Folkland has digitized 67000
palmleaf manuscripts in 2009-10 and 207000 manuscripts during 2012-13.

- Museum
Folkland has a museum of Theyyam with major Theyyam forms made
in terracotta with full costumes and ornaments. It has around 100 different
facials drawn on the clay pots and pulp effigies and kept in the museum.
Apart from that, it has calendar of events and a directory of artistes.

- Documentation
Documentation of folk music , art forms and rare ritual arts is one of
the major objectives of Folkland. It has more than7000 hours of folk songs
and about 2600 hours of rare art forms in the audio and video formats. Apart
from that, 8000 paper clippings and 4300 rare photographs in the archives.
Considering the vast work in the field of documentation, Folkland was
made a member of reputed organization, Archive Resource Community at
Delhi considering its vast documentation.

- Website
Folkland has launched a website on Kerala folklore under the domain
name www.folkland.org.website was launched by Sri G.Karthikeyan,
Hon.Minister for Culture, Govt of Kerala on 18th January 2003.

- Award
Folkland has been selected for the State Award for the Best
Performing Centre by the Govt Of Kerala, Dept of Tourism for the year

- Training to the students
Folkland is extending training to 50 students in the field of
poorakkali,kolkali,velakali and Kalampattu.Out of the above students 11 are
getting scholarships from CCRT,Govt Of India.Folkland conducts Nattarivu
patashala every year.

- Payyanur Centre
Folkland has opened a new centre at Payyanur to promote
Mohiniyattam, Kathakali, Thiruvthrakkali etc. It also houses manuscript
library worth 12000 palm leaf manuscripts.

- Gothrabhooika
Folkland has a tribal centre – Gothrabhoomika at Parappa in Kasargod
district to promote the tribal art and culture

- Recognitions and Affiliations
Folkland has been recognized as an eminent Institution by the Dept of
Culture,Govt of India since 1999 and 17 of its artistes and one Guru/
Director have been given salary by the Dept of Culture.It has been affiliated
to Dept of Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles,GOI. Besides that ,Folkland has
been affiliated to the Kerala Sangeetha Nataka academy since 1995 and
Nehru Yuvak Kendra since 2000.Folkland is affiliated to Indian National
Trust for Art and Cultural heritage(INTACH) also.Folkland has become an
Associate Member of CIOFF in the year 2000 and has become the member
of ARC in the year 2000.Folkland has also been recognized by several
Universities for their research pursuits.

- Administration and academic advice
Folkland has governing body consists of a Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer as its head. There are five directors and a secretary to lead
the team. Dr V.Jayarajan (Vice President Indian Folklore Congress and
Advisor to Sangeeth Natak Academy, New Delhi, Expert Commiittee
member Department of Culture, GOI and Secretary, Society for Medical
anthropology)) is the chairman of the Governing body and Mr K.Suresh is
the Secretary.Folkland has an advisory board consists of eminent scholars
and artistes of international reputation. Sri Kavalam Narayana Panikker
(Former Vice Chairman,SNA) Dr. H.K.Bhat (Mysore University), Dr
Jawaharlal Handoo, (President IFC) are the present advisory board members.

- UNESCO Accreditation
UNESCO has accredited Folkland as one of the NGOs working in the
field of ICH since 2010

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