Tata Steel Endeavours to Promote Ethnic Language Classes

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JAMSHEDPUR: On the occasion of Pt Raghunath Murmu Jayanti, the inventor of the script Ol Chiki for the Santal language, Tribal Cultural Society (TCS) along with Jaher Than Committee, Adivasi Ho Samaj Yuva Mahasabha and Adivasi Oraon Samaj Samiti inaugurated scripts like Ol Chiki, Warang Kshiti and Tolong Siki of the Santal, Ho and Oraon languages for the ethnic community of Jharkhand. Dr P Barla, District Welfare Officer, East Singhbhum was the chief guest for the ceremony.

The celebrations were decorated with sets of beautiful cultural performances by Oraon, Santal and Ho tribal teams with the highlight being the promotion of the Banam instrument that will be played in accompaniment of a Santali song as TCS is soon to begin six month training classes for this unique tribal instrument. This colourful event commence on the 6 May, 2012 at Dishom Jaher, Karandih.

The new classes for the teaching of the three primary tribal scripts will be of Ol Chiki, Warang Kshiti and Tolong Siki of the Santal, Ho and Oraon languages, respectively. Due to lack of awareness and teaching facilities, the tribal people use Devanagari and Roman scripts to pen down their language. TCS aims to bring forth the importance of their scripts by teaching them to write in the scripts that were specifically developed for their language.

For this purpose, TCS in collaboration with Jaher Than Committee, Adivasi Ho Samaj Yuva Mahasabha and Adivasi Oraon Samaj Samiti is opening 50 centres for teaching the script Ol Chiki, 50 for Warang Kshiti, 1 centre for Tolong Siki and approximately 5000 students/youth will benefit from this program. This large scale effort will make the communication of the thoughts of the tribal people easier and will preserve these scripts at the same time.

Tribal Cultural Society (TCS), Tata Steel has always been working for the promotion and preservation of the culture of the tribal communities in and around Jharkhand. Their constant efforts to provide sustained support to these tribes has provided scope for the upward movement of these marginalized groups.

 

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