Category Archives: Poetry

“The mountain child—a fragment of the mountain—plays in the lap of the mountain / Toddling up the mountain / he plants his feet in the mountain soil / to rise like a mountain / in the land of mountains” – Excerpt from “Mountain Child”, a Santali poem by Nirmala Putul who questions ‘development’ and ‘progress’ in modern civilization
https://www.poetrytranslation.org/poems/18/Mountain_Child
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=11376

“My poetry is firmly rooted in Kerala. It talks about trees unique to our landscape, fish that can only be found in our ponds, and tribes that carry ancient memories of Malayalam. There are many amidst us who are despised, humiliated and oppressed by human conditions such as caste, colour and gender. They shouldn’t be apologetic but assert themselves. My poems celebrate the beauty of blackness and ugliness. Such poetry cannot be performed, or composed. It lacks music, it has to be read.” – S. Joseph, who introduced Malayalam poetry to hitherto unexpressed human conditions in “Joseph and his brothers” (blog by John Cheeran, Times of India, 23 January 2016)
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/Arrackistan/joseph-and-his-brothers
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4413

“You tell me, screaming / That this nurtured plot of land / this pond, this farmhouse / you tell me, these are not mine? […] The land of thick jungles / a desolate land of trees and vines / We worked hard to clean it up / to make it liveable / and lived happily / I must reach for my bow and arrow.” – Excerpt from a Santali poem by Parimal Hembram who recites poems in both Bengali and Santali (The Little Magazine, Vol. VII, Issue 3 & 4., Translation into English by Antara Dev Sen)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=23529

“My voice is for freedom, for people, against injustice, against colonialism and neo-colonialism. […] I disagree with the naming of our community as “Tea-tribe”. Is there any community in this world named after a commodity?” – Kamal Kumar Tanti in (Ashley Tellis, The Hindu, 31 July 2010)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=4667

Malayalam poetry to hitherto unexpressed human conditions: “The city’s late discovery of the forest” – Kerala

S Joseph, who introduced Malayalam poetry to hitherto unexpressed human conditions (Meenkaran, Mesthri, Kotta, Identity Card, Chila Irunda Idangal, Aana, Maruku, Pengalude Bible) with very ordinary, pared down words, has wandered through life’s mean streets to reach where he is today. Indeed, … Continue reading

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Nirmala Putul: A Santal poet questioning ‘development’ and ‘progress’ in modern civilization

Mountain Child by Nirmala Putul The mountain child —a fragment of the mountain —plays in the lap of the mountain Toddling up the mountainhe plants his feet in the mountain soilto rise like a mountainin the land of mountains The … Continue reading

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Video | Poetry reading by “Marshal” Parimal Hembram – West Bengal

Parimal Hembram reads “Ak’ sar sap tege huyuk’ tena” Translation into English by Antara Dev Sen, published in The Little Magazine, Vol. VII, Issue 3 & 4.: THEN I MUST PICK UP THE BOW You tell me, screaming,That this nurtured … Continue reading

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Adivasis’ world view: A truly sustainable lifestyle – Comment

Adivasi people: proud not primitive | Read the full article >> […] Defining what’s special about India’s adivasi or indigenous people is complicated. People, mostly anthropologists and human rights defenders, who know adivasis and have worked closely with them, also tend … Continue reading

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Adivasi poetry that “expresses unwillingness and disagreement”: Probing into the culture of the ex-tea garden labourers – Assam

On second day of TLF, session on “Young Tribal Writers; Their Themes, Issues and Challenges was organized.” The session was chaired by Prof. Sivashish Biswas, Assam University, Assam. During the session, five speakers talked about the emerging young writers from the … Continue reading

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