Tamil University, Thanjavur

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Department of Folklore


Department of Folklore

The main objective of the Department is to collect, classify and archiving the vanishing Folk Arts, Folk artefacts besides documenting the folk customs, beliefs and practices. A study in depth of the origin and evolution of folklore, folk arts besides evaluating the impact of the modern life. Academic programmes leading to P.G, M.Phil and Ph.D are in progress for the past three years.

Courses offered

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


=> To collect, classify and preserve the fast changing and also vanishing Folk Arts and Crafts, Folk Believes and Practices, Folk Religion, Folk Customs, Folk Games, Folk literature, Folk Science and Technology etc.
=> To analyze the folk-life through Folk materials with Interdisciplinary approach.
=> To apply the Folklore for the Development of the people.


=> The department has organized 30 seminars, workshops and refresher courses
=> The faculty members of the department have completed 10 research projects
=> The faculty members have published 37 books


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