Cultural & Creative Studies Department
Prof. Nanda joined NEHU service in December 1988 and he taught at various campuses of NEHU ever since. He joined the Department of Cultural and Creative Studies in August 2011 and has been engaged in both teaching and research in folkloristics at the department. He completed his undergraduate studies at Dhenkanal College, Dhenkanal, Odisha and obtained his Master’s degree in Sociology from University of Poona, Pune and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. degree in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has participated, attended and organized various national, regional and international seminars, symposiums and conferences and contributed several research papers and articles to various national and international journals, periodicals and magazines. He has written one book entitled “Nationalism and Regionalism in India: The Case of Orissa” and his forthcoming volumes are titled “Nationalism in Northeast India in Global Era” and “Rural Empowerment in Northeast India”. In the field of folkloristics his areas of interest are: folkloristics and semiotics; folkloristics and linguistics; sociolinguistics; ethnolinguistics; language, culture and society; folklore theories; sociological and psychological dimensions of folklore; media and folklore; ethics and folklore; gender and folklore; folk medicine and traditional healing; folk custom and religion; recent trends in folklore, field studies and methods; cultural studies methods; cultural studies and folklore, etc. Currently, he is engaged in the publication of the following seminar volumes in folkloristics: “Changing Dimensions of Folklore in Tribal Diaspora in India”, “Folk Medicine and Traditional Healing in India” and "Gender and Folklore in Northeast India: Beliefs and Practices”.