Hashik Nadukkandiyil is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies, Tezpur University, Assam, and researcher in performance studies and cultural studies. His doctoral thesis, ‘River as a cultural construct: Myth and ritual on the banks of Bharthappuzha river’, at the Centre for Folk Culture Studies, University of Hyderabad, provides new methodology for the study of performances in Kerala. He has participated in national and international seminars and his major research includes, Ethnic to Media: Changing Trends of Mappilapattu; Portrayal of Mappila Family in the Malayalam Nadakavedi; Impact of Globalization on Traditional Muslim Costumes; Media, Community and Representation-Home Videos and Muslims of Northern Kerala; and Saints, Offering and the Other World – Ritual Performance of Muslims in Kerala. He received the Folklore Academy Award, Ministry of Education and Culture, Government of Kerala in 2006. In 2007, he received the Best Student Award of the University of Calicut, and since 2007 he has been in receipt of a Research Fellowship of University Grants Commission, Government of India. His research interests are culture theory, community studies, media and communication, and performance studies.