Saturday, 8 October, 2022

International Folklore Seminar begins at RU

International Folklore Seminar begins at RU

RAJSHAHI: A two-day International Folklore Seminar began on Rajshahi University campus on Friday, reports BSS.


Rajshahi unit of Bangladesh Folklore Research Centre and Lowkik, a literature paper of Kolkata, India, jointly organized the seminar titled “Folklore in the Digital Era” at RU Senate Building.


RU Vice-chancellor Prof Abdus Sobhan and Pro-VC Prof Ananda Kumar Saha addressed the inaugural session as chief and special guests respectively with Prof Abdul Khaleque, VC of North Bengal International University, in the chair.


VC of Islami University Prof Harun Ur Rashid Askary, Pro-VC of North Bengal International University Prof Abdul Jalil and Pro-VC of Uttara University Prof Yeasmin Ara also spoke on the occasion.


Among others, chairman of RU’s Department of Folklore Prof Akhter Hossain, Lowkik Editor Sumhan Banarjee and local unit president of Bangladesh Folklore Research Centre Dr Jahangir Hossain addressed the opening session.


In his remarks, Prof Abdus Sobhan said folklore is part of a nation’s culture and heritage. Theoretical practice and field research on folklore are very essential; without it, we cannot comprehend our modern culture.


He added that the place of folklore in respect to higher studies in our country is not satisfactory, compared to our neighbouring country.


“I hope the seminar will enrich the folklore researchers of our country to a large extent,” said Prof Sobhan.


Prof Abdul Khaleque said: “Folklore calls for a detailed analysis against the socio-cultural backdrop of Bangladesh. It is very imperative to set up an idiosyncratic folklore institute to inspire formulated research works on folklore”.


There are seven sessions on various folklore issues like global environment and folklore, folklore development and communication, gender and folklore, folklore study, objective folklore, religious diversity and folklore and history and heritage in the two-day seminar. More than 200 teachers, researchers and folklorists from both home and abroad are taking part in the seminar.