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Department of Cultural & Creative Studies


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Desmond L Kharmawphlang, Professor.
Desmond L Kharmawphlang is Professor and Head of the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies. Desmond L. Kharmawphlang has published a number of books namely -Touchstone, a book of poems, Here, a book of poems,  Ki Matti Byrshem ( a collection of essays on Folkloristics) Narratives of  North-East India  I &II, Folklore  in the Changing Times, Conference, Confluence: ( a collection of essays), Attributes of Khasi Folklore, Khasi Folksongs and Tales.
Has also published various scholarly articles in national and international journals numbering about forty five. Participated and presented academic papers in thirty two national and international seminars.Participated, on sponsored invitation, in literary programmes in Switzerland, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and Norway. Lectured at Western Oregon University, Oregon State University and Portland University, USA on a consultancy programme sponsored by the Institute of International Education, New York, USA. Lectured at the Folklore Department, University of Helsinki, Finland during July 2002.  Was inducted as an Associate Member, Folk Fellows, an Association instituted by the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Serving as National Editorial Board member of the Journal of Indian Folklore Research, Mysore and is one of the four National Vice Presidents of the Indian Folklore Congress. At present supervising 5 (five) PhD scholars.
Dr. Lapynshai Syiem, Associate Professor.
She acquired her Doctoral Degree on the classicism of Khasi Traditional Music, an area hitherto unexplored by any scholar. She is the first Khasi to have passed various music exams from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapith, Lucknow, in Indian Classical Music (Vocal). Received many awards, honors and recognition for her excellent" endeavor in the field of Performing Arts since her school days. She has to her credit fourteen volumes of solo audio cassettes of Khasi folk and modern songs.
She is also trying in the best possible way to share and disseminate the concept of Khasi Rhythmic Pattern through various forums and is also nurturing the growth and understanding of Indian Classical Music amongst local boys and girls. Published a book entitled “The Evolution of Khasi Music: A Study of the Classical Content”, published by Regency Publications, New Delhi, 2005. She participated in various State and National level seminars, workshops in the field of performing arts which also  included Lecture cum demonstration on “Khasi Traditional Music” at the Brihaddesi, organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, 2002; at the Kalakshetra, Chennai, 2003; at Shillong, organized by Inter-Cultural Resources, New Delhi, where students from Boston University were the main participants, 2004.Presently she is working and notating the different drum beats found in the different Native States of Khasi –Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya.
Dr. Syiem also completed Sangeet Nipun in Indian Classical Music from Bhatkhande Sangeet Vidyapeeth, Lucknow.
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