A three-day-long ‘Adivasi Sanskrit Samelan’ a grand event was inaugurated in the premises of North Orissa University(NOU) with a huge turnout of tribal communities from all parts of Mayurbhanj district.
The event was organized by Antyodaya Chetana Mandal in collaboration with Gandhi Smruti and Darshan Samiti, New Delhi.
Vice Chancellor of NOU Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mishra , Aditya Patnaik of Antyodaya Chetana Mandal were present at the inaugural ceremony.
Thousands of people in Konsha, Bathudi, Juanga, Bhumija, Santhal, Kolkha, Paudi Bhuyaw, Khadia and Loodha tribe communities across the district took part.
Former chief minister and tribal leader Giridhari Gamango spoke about the culture of primitive tribes. The ‘Adivasi Cultural Dialogue and Conference’ is a good platform to provide exposure and also tap hidden talent from amongst primitive tribe, he said.
More than 62 tribes are living in the state with community base. They speak 62 different languages. Language research is needed and tribal language should be preserved, stated Gamango.
The former chief minister also played ‘changu’ a traditional tribal instrument and interacted with the tribals.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Prafulla Kumar Mishra highlighted the initiatives taken by the university for tribal studies.
The NOU is ready to develop socio-cultural relationships with the tribal population and help them in their literature, language, documentation etc, he said. He said funds from the government for proper documentation, use of multimedia systems and setting up a museum etc is required.
Padmashree Tulasi Munda spoke on the problems faced by 12 primitive tribes. Lack of economic support, education, and infrastructure are the major concerns, she said.
Deputy Speaker of State Legislative Assembly, Sananda Marandi, Deepankar Srigyan, director of GSDS, New Delhi, Basanta Kumar Singh , registrar of NOU Dr. PK Satpahty and Samai Juanga the village head and Juangapirh, Gonasika also addressed the inaugural function.