Udupi: Manipal Institute of Communication organizes ‘MAHE Deakin Jana-Pada’
Udupi, November 25: The virtual folklore festival, titled ‘MAHE Deakin Jana-Pada’, is an attempt to celebrate, educate, investigate and raise awareness about the processes of cultural preservation and cultural change and is supported by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations , Bengaluru Regional Office, Consulate General of India, Melbourne, Australia, Association Nationale Cultures Du Monde (ANCM) Gannat, France, International Dance Council, UNESCO, Zorenka Dance Association, Pensa, Russia, Mythic Society, Begaluru, India, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, Bengaluru, India, La DanzaIntegradora de Culturas, Bolivia.
The term jana-pada, often used in the languages of South India, refers to folklore, a rich aspect of any culture. An international festival of this nature is one of the best ways to safeguard, promote and also disseminate intangible cultural heritage. Cultural expressions through music, dance and performance contribute significantly to enhancing Karnataka’s cultural identity and diversity and such a virtual folklore festival provides a suitable platform.
With more than ten participating countries, the event represents opportunities for formal and informal contacts for the exchange of ideas, to learn from other experiences and for international cooperation. Even if physical participation is not possible given the circumstances generated by the Covid-19 pandemic, this festival aims to provide the public with an experience close to live. The festival brings together folk artists and cultural heritage films in the digital space, featuring an organized collective. It is implemented in an innovative and fresh way in order to connect different parts of the world through this initiative.
Organized on the occasion of “Azadikaamritmahotsav”, a unique and evolving international cultural folklore festival will promote the exchange of folk forms as it will become a meeting place of cultures, as participants will give insight into their folk traditions promoting a culture Peace. , which is the primary objective of the partner universities.
The MAHE Deakin ‘Jana-Pada’ consists of two segments. The first, being the virtual folk festival that will take place over four weekends on Saturdays, starting November 27, 2021 for two hours a day. In this there will be a folk form of Karnataka and others from different parts of the world. This brief performance will be followed by a discussion (which will include a member of the performer group, as well as other academics / filmmakers). The round table will focus on the cultural aspect of dance forms, tradition, challenges and its future. Discussion topics will include themes related to nature-culture, rites, rituals, folktales and oral histories and cultural heritage in teaching and learning.
As an academic outcome of the event, an issue of Global Media Journal Indian Edition will be dedicated to folklore research. An electronic book with a graphical representation of the performances and a report of the event will also be published.
The second segment will be the Intangible Cultural Heritage Film Festival in January 2022. Filmmakers have been invited to submit films (factual, documentary or experimental) that explore any aspect of intangible cultural heritage which may include folklore, nature- culture, rites, rituals, tales, oral histories and others. The award-winning films are proposed to be screened in person in Manipal and Bangalore at an appropriate date to be announced in the near future.
The inauguration of day 1 of November 27, 2021 will be held via the Zoom online platform, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. IST.
The event is hosted by the festival directors, Dr Vikrant Kishore, Deakin University, Dr Shubha HS, Associate Professor and Head of Department of Media Studies, Manipal Institute of Communication, and Shreeraj Gudi, Assistant Professor – Senior Scale , Manipal Institute of Communication.
Janapada: a virtual international folk festival
Day 1: Inaugural program
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. IST
Online platform: Zoom
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Hosts: Dr Vikrant Kishore (Deakin University) and Dr Shubha HS (MIC, MAHE)