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Muthu Kumaraswamy <email@example.com>
National Folklore Support Centre
I currently engaged in establishing digital community archives for local knowledge and culture in six locations across India. I am also preparing a Children's Encyclopedia of Indian Culture and Ecology and several online courses for India's National Folklore Support Centre.
|Address:||No.508, Fifth Floor,
96, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Chennai, Tamilnadu 600034
|List Affiliations:||Advisory Board Member for H-Folk
Art and Art History
Asian History / Studies
Apart from advanced training in folklore, M.D. Muthukumaraswamy holds master's degree in English Language and Literature. With his work towards doctoral dissertation on “Semiotic analysis of Bharathakoothu: A study in theatrical communication” he taught in the post-graduate department of folklore, St. Xavier’s College, Palayamkottai, Tamil Nadu from 1987 to 1996 and guided students for advanced research.He designed the advanced curriculum for the post-graduate course in folklore and was instrumental in establishing audio-visual folklore archive at St. Xavier’s College.Well known as a Tamil writer and playwright M.D. Muthukumaraswamy has published several books including short stories, plays, literary criticisms, articles on folklore and one novel. His nonfiction work includes essays on Tamil cinema, semiotics and philosophy. He has also translated extensively from English to Tamil on a variety of subjects but mainly on literature, semiotics and folklore. After editing numerous prestigious literary and folklore journals in Tamil as part of his job at NFSC, he currently edits “Indian Folklife” and “Indian Folklore Research Journal”. His publications include edited volumes "Voicing Folklore: Careers, Concerns and Issues", "Folklore as Discourse" and the co-edited volume "Folklore, Public Sphere and Civil Society". He has served on the international editorial advisory committee for the Greenwood encyclopedia of World Folklore and Folklife. He has been invited to make presentations at conferences organized by the Smithsonian Institution (1993), University of Pennsylvania (2004) and Stanford University (2004).