The Folklore Research Department is one of the premier and earliest folklore departments in the country, which was established in the university with a view to study oral literature, customs, art forms and performing arts of the communities of Assam and the North-east. The department had its inception in a scheme for a Folklore Archive initiated by Professor Birinchi Kumar Barua in 1955 and for some time it was kept attached to the Department of Anthropology but its affairs were handled by Professor Barua himself till his death in 1964. After his demise Dr PrafulladattaGoswami took the charge of the department. In January 1972, the department was given an independent status and renamed as Folklore Research Department and Dr Goswami was appointed its Professor and Head.

The department offers courses in folklore theory and methods by experts in the field. Along with its focus on the literary and artistic study of folklore, the department stresses upon the need for studying indigenous knowledge system and folk science in M. Phil and Ph. D research. The department also notes the struggle for survival of the people and how the cultural and intellectual rights of the people could be upheld against the forces which are levelling cultures and destroying traditions.

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We offer two Post Graduate courses - MPhil and PhD. All applicants are required to sit for an entrance test for admission into any of these programmes. The course covers international and contemporary folklore theories and methods as well as the Folklore of Assam and North-East India. The students also get an opportunity to learn Basic Linguistics and Anthropology necessary for folklore studies.

Postgraduate Course

Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate M.Phil in Folklore Folklore 1 11

This course has two papers:

Paper I
  • Part A :Concept, theory, history, etc.
  • Part B :Research methodology including field techniques
Paper II
  • Part A : Folk Literature of Assam (Including materials in tribal languages)
  • Part B :Culture (with special reference to Folk Culture) or Linguistics (as related to folklore studies)
Course Type: Course Name: Subject: Semesters Years Intake Capacity:
Postgraduate PhD in Folklore Folklore


Kishore Bhattacharjee [ Head of the Department ]
MA (Calcutta) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore Theory, Folk Narratives, Urban Folklore, Socio-cultural Anthropology

Associate Professor

Anil Kumar Boro
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folk Literature, Bodo Literature, Post Modernism

Assistant Professor

Pallabi Borah
MSc (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folk Narratives, Social and Cultural Geography

Associated Faculty

Prabin Chandra Das (Retired Faculty)
MA (Gauhati) PhD (Gauhati) Folklore


Department of Folklore Research
Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam
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There is a good library containing books on Folklore, Anthropology, Sociology, Indology, Cultural Studies and Literary Criticism. Besides, there are facilities for internet browsing.

Research Journal

The department publishes an annual research journal, Journal of Folkloristics (ISSN 2347-8934).

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