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

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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Poetry on the beauty of nature and its close association with mankind: “Tribal literature is as rich as any other literature in the world”

Treasure trove of golden words- three-day conference comes to an endOUR CORRESPONDENTRanchi, April 28: Mizo writer Darchhawna, who was awarded the Padmashree recently, praised tribal literature at a conference here today. He spoke on the concluding day of the Tribal … Continue reading

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Rabindranath Tagore – pioneer in rural education

A most important truth, which we are apt to forget, is that a teacher can never truly teach unless he is still learning himself. A lamp can never light another lamp unless it continues to burn its own flame. – Rabindranath … Continue reading

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Poet Kamal Kumar Tanti on his search for identity: “Is there any community in this world named after a commodity?” – Assam

In sync with subaltern traditions | Read the full report in The Hindu here >> Kamal Kumar Tanti is a promising young voice in contemporary Assamese poetry. He belongs to the Adivasi Tea-Garden Labourer community in Assam. His first collection Marangburu Amar … Continue reading

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Slideshow | Santali Literary Meet: “Santal Onolia Helmel” (Dumka, 20-21 October 2017) – Jharkhand

JAGWAR-IIISANTAL LITERARY MEET: SANTAL ONOLIA HELMEL 2017“Santali Literature & Society in the Changing World”Johar HRD Centre, Dumka, Jharkhand, India20 – 21 October, 2017   Source: Courtesy text and photos: Dr. Ivy Hansdak, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia … Continue reading

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