This folklore archive will mainly be comprised of digital formats such as photographs and audio-visual documentation. I think that the concept of such a digital archive for showcasing the rich heritage of folk culture thereby providing the global audience a chance to have a taste of local art and culture is a rare one, especially in Indian and Bangladeshi context. We are planning to document the folk cultural aspect of India and Bangladesh in a larger whole. Frankly speaking it is not funded by any organization or any policies from the Govt. We are trying to initiate it voluntarily with our own limited resources. It strives to preserve the folklore aspect of both the countries by providing an easy online accessibility and by forming a large body of global audience.
Moreover many genres of folklore have faded away forever with the gradual passage of time by the effect of aggressive urbanization and westernization. Yet there is a continuous flow of living folk tradition intoxicating us with intense local flavor all around us, especially in the village context and to be more precise in the remote village context. Any art is an integral part of the intangible heritage of mankind which needs our channelized attention. When it comes to the ethos of folk culture, especially the folksongs, dance-forms and as well as painting, it becomes equally important as they implicate the weaving of a glorious story down the path of history. Above all, it is our socio-cultural duty to undertake the endeavor for its preservation at first place and continuation at the second place and that too without affecting their nativity. That is why we are trying to focus at the concerned fact from anthropological and ethnographic point of view. But at the same time it is also true that only the process of archiving these local art forms will not be of any direct help for the folk artists at individual level. So we are also planning to promote the folk artists and their various groups through our website to usher a positive change in their living condition and to sustain their livelihood.
By Md Intaj Ali and Arif Ahammed