International Seminar

Venue of the seminar is changed to Brahmananda Hall, The Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Golepark, Kolkata.
The organising committee invites the students and researchers working on folk performing arts and interested to attend the conference to register with following details:
Institutional affiliation
Registration fees of Rs. 500/- to be paid at the time of registration at the conference venue.

International Seminar on
Evolution of Tradition: Interrogating Transformations in Traditional Folk Performing Arts
In Collaboration with
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, (IIEST), Shibpur, West Bengal.
 10-11 Jannuary 2019, Kolkata.


The venue of the conference is :
Brahmananda Hall,
The Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture,
Golepark, Kolkata.

Theme of the Seminar

Folk performance forms around the globe face forceful challenges as changing socio-economic and political factors threaten their futures. While folk forms can express a strong sense of local heritage, they are often marginalized in national cultural discourses, leaving them under-supported. The goal of the conference is to give focus to folk performance traditions, understand the value of these forms, investigates the changes taking place in them, the consequences of these change, and explore new responses to change. The conference hopes to create an international dialogue of scholars, policy makers, and artists that can offer folk forms new paths for the future.

How are folk traditions changing — the art forms themselves, the lifestyles of folk artists, and the socio-economic contexts that have supported them? What social, economic, and political factors have led to and continue to affect these changes? How can folk forms be both documented, to preserve their histories, and sustained as living arts for the future? What strategies can help move folk forms to the center of cultural discussion and visibility, to gain them artistic recognition and help them reach new audiences? What kinds of “evolution” can folk arts support, keeping them “folk” arts while helping them to grow? What situations and responses in different international contexts allow folk arts to thrive? How do folk arts and notions of “folk” and “folk art” relate to growing urban centers? What relationships exist between folk arts, classical arts, and popular culture? 

The conference invites scholars, policy makers, and artists engaged with folk traditions and committed to their futures to submit papers, presentations, panels, and roundtables addressing the topics of the conference. These can include, but are not limited to,

  • Urban and rural environments and folk arts
  • Gender issues in folk arts
  • Venues for folk performance
  • Folk arts and commercialism
  • Folk arts and tourism
  • Lives of folk artists
  • Folk arts and classical arts
  • Folk arts and popular culture
Organising committee for the conference:
  1. Dr.Atasi Nanda goswami ( Convener )
  2. Prof. Claudia Orenstein ( Hunter college, New york)
  3. Dr.Tapan Bagchi ( Bangla Academy, Dhaka)
  4. Prof. Habibur Rahman.( Rajsahi University)
  5. Frank J. Korom (USA)
  6. Prof.Indranil Acharya ( Vidyasagar University)
  7. Dr.Mahenhra kumar Mishra ( Folklore Foundation, Orrisa)
  8. Prof.Anita singh ( Benaras Hindu University)
  9. Prof. Subhasis Bandyopadhyay, IIEST, Shibpur.
  10. Prof. Mallika Ghosh, IIEST, Shibpur.
  11. Prof. Prabir Bhattacharya ( KnIDS)
  12. Prof. Raghabendra chattopadhtay ( KnIDS)
  13. Pradosh Nath ( Director, KnIDS)
  14. Prof. Tanweer Mazhari ( KnIDS )
  15. Sangram Roy ( KnIDS )
Important dates:
  • Submission of the Abstract (not more than 300 words): 15 July 2018
  • Acceptance of the Abstract would be communicated by 31 July 2018
  • Submission of the final paper: 30 November 2018

To be sent to
Contact: Dr Atasi N Goswami,