The Third Volume in the series Communication Processes engages in understanding processes of communication in relation to cultural configurations and contending forces that permeate them. This volume is positioned at the interface of culture and communication—exploring ways in which interaction, negotiations, and even conflicts are voiced. It re-examines our conception of culture to show that communities cannot be divided into polarities such as ‘elite and popular’ or ‘dominant and subaltern’—establishing that such clear divisions cannot exist in society. Culture is therefore perceived as a field of contending forces: a milieu of exchange, encounter, confrontation, and possibly conflict.
Chapter 10: Folk Arts and Folk Artists: Myths and Realities*
Folk Arts and Folk Artists: Myths and Realities*
The Feelings of an Artist
This chapter is going to be different from all the others because most people have been presenting someone else, whereas I am talking about myself. Basically, I am a Therukoothu (Tamil street theatre) folk artist, and I represent folk communities. After a three-and-a-half-year study of that form, I have performed about 100 times. My presentation may not have much of an academic value. It is a presentation of an artist–of the feelings of an artist–and a source information for my audience. My association with the folk artists, as a folk artist myself and as president of the Folk Artists' Federation of Tamil Nadu, has helped ...