Monday, March 02, 2015

International Conference on “Oral Epics – Performing Art Forms – Ballads of South Asia''

 International Conference on

 “Oral Epics – Performing Art Forms – Ballads of South Asia
23rd and 24th March 2015

 Organized by
Vritthi Puarana’s
Research Centre
in Collaboration with
Department of Telugu
Osmania University
Hyderabad – 56, INDIA
For Details Contact: +918121814645, +917382753182,+917795444919
Registration Fees may be sent through Demand Draft drawn in any Nationalised Bank in favour of Prof.Nanumasa Swamy, Seminar Director payable at Hyderabad, INDIA.
In case of Co-Authors of the Paper/Papers, both have to pay Registration fee separately. A single registered participant will be allowed to present only one paper.
Paper presenters must have to register on or before 10th February 2015. If paper is received without registration fees, such paper will automatically be rejected. All Papers will be peer reviewed by the Conference Editorial Committee.
Guidelines for Paper Presentation
Paper presenters will be allocated to 20 minutes time limit which includes the presentation, questions and discussion. Presenters are requested not to exceed the allocated time limit. It is advised that presenters prepare handouts and bring in advance to the venue. Laptop and LCD facilities are available for presentation.
On request by the out station and foreign delegates accommodation can be arranged in Hyderabad. Those who want special accommodation shall be make their own arrangements.
Specification of Paper Format
English Format: Hard copy and soft copy (C.D) of the paper may be sent to us. The maximum length of the paper should not exceed 6 pages and abstract in 300 words. The paper should be typed in Times New Roman style, with font size 12, line spacing 1.5, and one inch margin on all sides in A4 size paper.
Structure of the Articles should include Author’s Name, Designation, Title page, Introduction, Keywords, need of the study, result and discussion and conclusion and references in APA Format, MS Word 2007 Format.
Prof.Nanumasa Swamy
Organising Secretary
Emeritus Professor, Department of Telugu,
Osmania University, Hyderabad - 560007 Telangana state, INDIA.
Mobile:+918121814645, +919848545949
E-Mail: Last Date of the Abstract :01st March, 2015

submission of full length Paper along with Registration Fee
On or Before
10th March, 2015
Date of Conference
23 & 24th
March, 2015
Venue: “Institute Empower of Backward Classes Bhavan, Old MLA Quarters, Himayath Nagar, Hyderabad, Telangana state, INDIA.
Organizing Secretary
Prof.Nanumasa Swamy
Vruthi Purana Research Centre
Hyderabad, Telangana State, INDIA.
Mobile:+918121814645, +919848545949
Organizing and Editorial Committee
Prof.M.N.Venkatesha, Ph.No.+917382753182


Prof.Darla Venkateswara Rao
Sri.Gurram Sitharam
For Details Contact: +918121814645,
About Conference
 The folk culture of India is very rich. This reflects the folk-life. The value system, belief system and harmonic establishment of various social systems are very expressive in the Performing art forms of such communities. The local knowledge system is traditionally transferred through oral traditions. Oral Epics, Performing Arts and Ballads are rich resources of information stored in them towards the socio-cultural and socio-religious structure of the communities. Therefore, The studies on Oral Epics and similar such expressions through Performing arts and singing of ballads helps in understanding the communities socio-cultural aspects which in turn helps in understanding the people of the country. With this perspective an International Conference is planned to be conducted at Osmania University, Hyderabad.
In India, in general, and In Telangana, in particular, many traditions are established to narrate the oral epics. The stories, the ballads and epics related to folk heroes, historical characters, and cultural heroes are narrated in many different forms. There are narrative performances and also ritual performances. Ritual re-enactment and dramatization of myth are commonly seen across the country. In Telangana Wandering scroll narrators, story tellers of Doli, Toti, Pradhans, Oggu, Madeccu artistes are the active bearers of these traditional performances. The mythologies or caste myths reveal the reasons behind the establishment of several communities and also their art forms as there are narrations related Patron- dependent caste relationships.
This International Conference is intended to provide a discussion forum for analysis of the performing arts of India and its neighbouring countries. These Performing arts are mostly based upon the oral Epics or the epics which have regional variations. The narration have functionary importance such as re-establishing value system and educating the younger generation in the community. Social Harmony and Inter-dependency of the castes or communities form central message of the oral epics. The case in the neighbour countries are to be explored to have better understanding of culture complexities therewith. In our own tribal or rural contexts there are conceptions, which are to be verified. It is believed that the mythologies of the occupational castes or patron-dependent caste myths focuses that the origin of the several folk art forms are linked to the reign of Kakatiya Ruler Prataparudra, and the history of the origin of several other art forms are traced back to 17th century. But the reality is somewhere else. There are possibilities of reformation or transformation of one art form into another in a certain period of time. The oral epics describes the social life of the community to which it belong. For example, Katama Raju Katha describes the life style of Cowherds of Andhra Pradesh, whereas Epic of Junjappd describes the customs and practices of Kadugollas, a semi nomadic tribe of Karnataka. The Epic related Padmasalis reflects the cultural life of customs and traditions of weavers and also focus upon the textile work culture in Telangana. The International Seminar is expecting the scholars to focus upon the regional cultural analysis in light of these Oral epics.
About Osmania University
The Osmania University is a public state university located in Hyderabad, India, and founded in 1918 with the help of chief Architect of Mahbub Ali Khan - Nawab Sarwar Jung It was established and named after the last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan.
The Department of Telugu was started in 1919 with Sri Rayaprolu Subba Rao as its head. Initially, Telugu was offered as a second and optional language in intermediate and undergraduate courses. The M.A. programme was started in 1939. Prof. K. Laxmi Ranjanam initiated the research programme in 1952-53. The department has published the critical edition of Andhra Mahabharatha in eight volumes. The UGC selected the Department for the Departmental Research Support (DRS) programme in 1994. 250 Ph.D. and 60 M.Phil. degrees have been awarded in the department so far.
Vritthi Purana's Research Center
The VritthiPurana's Center is established on behalf of research students of Telugu Department of Osmania University, Hyderabad in 2007 and its First publication book entitle “KAKIPADAGALA PANDAVULA KADHALU“ which was belongs to Vritthi Purana of Mudiraj. Two National Seminars conducted in A.P.State by VRITTHI PURANA'S RESEARCH CENTER. The VritthiPurana's Center is Registered in 2010 and improved its Activities and publications.
Objectives of the Conference
The Participants are expected to discuss multifaceted Socio - cultural issues of communities to which the Oral Epics are belonged to. Before getting into such discussions, it is obvious that they have to collect valid data from their region. This seminar provides platform to share such Data, and to have inquiries into such issues. The study of Oral Epics is never to be considered as study of some good old phrases sung by the priests of underdeveloped communities. They are culturally rich treasure house. Unearthing such treasure helps in redefining the value system in the contemporary society.
Conference Theme:
“Oral Epics – Performing Art Forms – Ballads of South Asia”
Conference Sub-themes
1. Folk Performing Art based on Oral Epics.
2. Narrative and Ritual Performance.
3. Caste Myths and Patron-Dependent Castes structure.
4. Socio-economic issues of Epic narrators
5. Intellectual property of the communities
6. Local knowledge systems
7. Applied folklore and folk life of Craftsmen.
8. Oral literature
 Call for papers
Thematic and Research papers are invited on the sub-themes in English language. Each paper will be reviewed for the acceptance and for presentation. The Selected Papers will be published on the conference day with ISBN.
Registration Fee
a) For Foreign Delegates : US $ 150
b) Indian Delegates : ` 2,000/-
c) Research Students : ` 1,000/-
d) Delegates without presentation of the paper : ` 600 

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