Janapada Sampadā
Division for the study of diverse Living Traditions

Life-Style Studies

Multimedia Presentation

Ethnographic Collections

Children's World

Emerging from the conceptual plan of the IGNCA, the faculty of Janapada Sampada was established in 1988. It complements the programmes of Kala Kosa, and aims at understanding the Arts in their eco-cultural and socio-economic contexts. Its emphasis is on the oral tradition that orients the literate tradition in reality. Here theory and practice, textual and oral, verbal, visual and kinetic are seen as a semiotic whole, not as items to be aggregated. The Indian terms jana, loka, desa, laukika, maukhika, shastra, prayoga, kshetra, parampara, adi , drsya, sravya serve as key-words for evolving the Janapada Sampada programmes.

The central concern of the faculty is the rich variegated heritage of the rural small-scale societies. In the conventional sense of research discipline it relates to two different fields: anthropology and archaeology, with various sub-disciplines. However, the research methodology used in Janapada Sampada is different from that of the conventional disciplines of humanities and social sciences. The approach is holistic, and a new continuum of shastra and prayoga, textual and oral is being constructed systematically, not historically, in its theoretical premises. Admittedly, it has not yet designed a new theory, but has gathered some thoughts and experiences to construct a new theory.

The faculty has a programmatic character classified as Lifestyle Studies, Multi-media Presentation and Events, and Children’s World, each with a number of subprogrammes. This report outlines the main fields of its research activity, and indicates major achievements of the first ten years.

Best Promotional Film

An audio-video project, Documentation of the Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli' under Lok Parampara programme of Janapada Sampada Division has won an Rajat Kamal. This award is for its extensive study of the crafts and community of Clay Image Makers of Kumartuli in the contexts of change in time. This award is under the category of Best Promotional Film (to cover tourism, exports, crafts, industry). The award includes Rajat Kamal Trophy and Rs. 50,000/- each of the Producer and Director.

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Call for Paper: Second International Conference on Ramlila
Epic Processes: Mobility, Patronage and Aesthetics 2015

23rd - 29th November 2015


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Inhouse Lectures held

  • Lecture on Living Tradition of Transgender Community: With Special reference to Aravan Cult, Tamil Nadu by Dr. Simon John on 16th November 2011

  • Lecture on Beyond Good and Evil: On the worship of Duryodhana in Kerala by Dr. Sreekala S. on 17th October 2011

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For further inquiry for Janapada Sampada Division please contact:
Prof. Molly Kaushal
Head of the Division

Phone : 91-011-23388062


Dr. Ramakar Pant
Head of the Division (I/C)



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