Book release function of Nandini Sahu's FOLKLORE AND THE ALTERNATIVE MODERNITIES (2 Vols) in the 20th World Book Fair, New Delhi by Prof.Manoj Das
In the ongoing 20th World Book Fair at New Delhi, Prof. Manoj Das released two volumes by Dr.Nandini Sahu titled “Folklore and the Alternative Modernities” on 25th Feb 2012. On this occasion, Manoj Das emphasized the need of scholarly books on folklore studies and appreciated the attempt of Nandini Sahu to make folklore studies a part of the mainstream of English studies today . Manoj Das, as an avid story teller he is, cited examples from Indian folk tales and defined the thin line of distinction between folklore and myth while justifying the in-depth relationship between folk, classical and modern literatures. Manoj Das also congratulated Nandini Sahu on her endeavor to sensitize the readers towards the preservation of folk culture. Speaking about the volumes, Nandini Sahu told that she, in her books, has made an attempt to deal with the study of folklore and the alternative modernatives associated with it. She was of the view that the western parameters like the Great Little traditions should not be applied to the study of the Indian folklore. In the Indian context, the Loka and Shastra, or, folk and elite contrast is contrary to the western contrast between Great and Little traditions. Rather the complementariness of Marga and Deshi is very deep and intricate, contributing immensely towards the making of Indian literature. Oral literature or folk is never marginalized in India. It is always an alternative tradition and alternative need not be understood as ‘the opposite’. The glory of mainstream literature in English studies in India rests not by marginalizing but by accepting the oral or folk as its complimentary. The volumes experiment with a flexible view of folk, not making folk a part of the marginal literature by pushing it to a museum. Rather the modern texts which have made explicit use of the folk to make it available to the readers today should also be treated at par with the oral, the much debated ‘pure folk’ literature. She also made a statement that these volumes would be of immense value to the teachers of literature, researchers, folklorists, anthropologists, experts of social psychology, marginal studies, developmental studies, culture critics, linguists and policy planners. On this occasion, Dr. Sudarshan Kcherry, the Managing Director of Authorspress, delivered the welcome address while Prof. G.S. Jolly proposed the vote of thanks.