M.D. Muthukumaraswamy is the Founder Director of National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) from its inception in the year 1997. Folklore is a tradition based on any expressive behaviour that brings a group together, creates a convention and commits it to cultural memory.
M.D. Muthukumaraswamy gave an informative and interesting inaugural address at an exhibition of Chithrakarthi paintings on Bharatha-k-Koothu titled â€œInner Flowâ€ by Indira Seshadri, Meenakshi Madan, Rajasi Manikandan,
V.Shanmughapriya, Shobha Rajagopalan, S.Suresh, Vaishnavi Srikanth at the Lalit Kala Akademi, Greams Road, Chennai on 10th September 2012.National Folklore Support Centre (NFSC) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation, registered in Chennai dedicated to the promotion of Indian folklore research, education, training, networking, and publications.
The aim of the Centre is to integrate scholarship with activism, aesthetic appreciation with community development, comparative folklore studies with cultural diversities and identities, dissemination of information with mufti-disciplinary dialogues, folklore fieldwork with developmental issues and folklore advocacy with public programming events. National Folklore Support Centre has started functioning vigorously with a generous grant from the Ford Foundation from 1999.
As the founder trustee and director M.D. Muthukumaraswamyâ€™s responsibilities include institutional building, overseeing of all the programs of NFSC such as public programming, publications, research, building up of databank, organizing international conferences and symposium, networking and fund raising.
Part of his public programming job involves conceiving and organizing major festivals through field and community work. His responsibilities also include writing, editing, giving public lectures and presentations on Indian folklore that cut across disciplines such as anthropology, linguistics, art and literary criticism, social history and philosophy.
Apart from advanced training in folklore M.D. Muthukumaraswamy holds masters degrees in English Literature and philosophy. He is a well known Tamil writer and playwright.
M.D.Muthukumaraswamy has published several books including short stories, plays, literary criticisms, articles on folklore and one novel. His non-fiction work includes essays on Tamil cinema, semiotics and philosophy apart from folklore.
He has also translated extensively from English to Tamil on a variety of subjects. He has also edited numerous prestigious literary and Indian Folklore Research Journals. M.D.Muthukumaraswamy has published a collection of worldwide interviews with leading folklorists Voicing Folklore: Careers, Concerns and Issues 2002.
M.D.Muthukumaraswamy was an Assistant Professor of Folklore 19987 to 1994 and Folklore Consultant for the Ford Foundationâ€™s New Delhi office 1994 to 1997.
He has been invited to make presentations at conferences organized by the Smithsonian Institution (1993), University of Pennsylvania (2004), Stanford University (2004) University of Heidelberg (2008), University of WÃ¼rzburg (2008) University of Oslo (2009) and University of Addis Ababa (2010).
National Folklore Support Centre aims to achieve its goals through cooperative and experimental activities at various levels. National Folklore Support Centre is supported by grants from the Ford Foundation and the Tata Education Trust.