Adivasi Sahitya COnference(3rd -4th August, 2002)
A conference on Adivasi Literature was
held on 3rd & 4th August in City Centre in Durgapur,
West Bengal. This conference was sponsored by backward class department , West
Bengal Govt. The main objective of this conference was to devise proper direction of Adivasi Literatures and writings and
encourage the interaction among Poets, writers, academicians. The discussion
was mainly focussed on the development and propagation of poem, essay, writings, short stories in the light of current problems
and hindrance. This conference has ended up with adopting 22 odd resolutions.
Honourable Minister, Shri Upen Kisku of backward class department, Govt. Of West Bengal, was present from beginning to end
and listened the problems and difficulties of present writers. Later he said in his address, a literature can not flourish
without active help of state administration, and he also added that Adivasi need not to wait for assistance to come, instead
Adivasi should know their rights and ask whenever they deem so. Meanwhile, editors of various Santali magazines discussed
the problems and its solutions in separate meeting. The conference ended with cultural events and recreations.
Baha parab at Jamshedpur :This festival was celebrated with much funfair on 24th
at this place. Chief Minister(CM) was the Chief Guest at both the places i.e at Karandi & Kadma. It got wide publicity
in the mass media because of presence of CM. CM was accompanied by his cabinet colleagues Shri Arjun Munda & Ms.Joba Majhi and MLA Shri A.C.Tudu along with other dignitaries. All the guests spoke eloquently
in Santhali to the discomfort of media people and these media people were advised to learn the language quickly as already
16 months have passed after creation of Jharkhand. Baha Enehj was given prominent place in the festival. The enehj was presented
in such a spectacular way that whole gathering got spell bound with it's rhythm. Another thing which is being observed here
is that Baha Enehj is slowly forming a part of Holi festival of other community. The different troupes are being invited to present the dance.( Posted by Brundaban Soren)
All India ASECA's Conference on "Status, Development, Trend and Future of Santals"
held on 10th & 11th Feb at Rourkela.
To all Santal Engineers,
Land has been identified and the landlord is willing to sell six bighas
of land to us or to the extent of our requirement. So far, several round of discuusion has taken place. The landlord has expressed
price to be Rs.49000/- per Katha. We have expressed our offer as Rs.30,000/-. Negotiation is still on and next date has been
fixed as 9th of June. If any of the willing members are interested to participate in the negotiation, please contact. We have
received some filled in application form for membership. I request interested members to rush their membership forms urgently,
so that the formalities are completed.Thanks.
Jharkhand Govt. re-christens Dumka based
- University. (Ranchi Express,15th, Feb, 2002)
Ranchi : A decade after its birth the Dumka-based Sidhu Kanhu University
has been re-christened as "Siddo-Kanhu Murmu University." The Marandi Govt. has decided to correct the spelling on the
bais of British record and add the surname to preserve the identity and rich cultural heritage of the Santhals. Siddo Murmu
and Kanhu Murmu were brothers who took part in the freedom struggle of 1857 and died fighting for the country's independence.
Chief Minister Babu Lal Marandi recently passed an order for rechristening the name of the University.( posted
by Dr. C. Marndi )
SEA ( Santal Engineers Association)
meeting. As it was informed to all, it was held on 24th Dec. Before that on 23rd Dec, a discussion was
kept. We had got as Chief Guest to Mr Nitya Nanda Hembram, Ex-Chief Architecture Indian Navy, and now advisor
of many councils like ST/SC council of Jharkhand and many times he represents ST/SC on different forums. Also we had Dr R.C. Hansda, p rof at I.I.Sc. ,
Bangalore as Chief Speaker of the meeting. About 15 other speakers had shared their feelings. The next day,
we had BIRSOLE, which had special items like SOLE and Santali dance. At the end, an santali orchestra was
organised to entertain at evening. The number of participants was more than 50 families and it was the best organised
so far. ( As posted by Rajnarayan)