Category Archives: Santali language and literature

“For decades, the Ol-chiki alphabet, which was invented [by Raghunath Murmu in 1925] to represent the Santali language, was largely irrelevant. That changed in the late 1970s. […] In 2004, Santali became one of India’s 22 official languages. […] As more teachers are trained to teach in Santali and more textbooks with Ol-chiki writing appear, educational results will improve. Moreover, there is scope for publishing the same Santali text in more than one script.” –  Boro Baski in “The pros and cons of Ol-chiki” (D+C Development and Cooperation, e-Paper April 2021)
https://www.dandc.eu/sites/default/files/pdf_files/dc_2021-04.pdf
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21581

“Santali is not a dead language in the first place so it does not need to be ‘revived’! […] Santali (Santhali) is one of the two tribal languages that have been recognized as official languages.” – Santal scholar Ivy Imogene Hansdak (Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi, 13 January 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=21604

“Mostly, these tribals have been portrayed as the objects of analysis, hunger-stricken and uncivilized. Consequently, the socio-political mainstream that is unaccustomed to accept them as civilized human beings, tries to subjugate them. They agree to accept them as their ally only at the cost of their betrayal to their identity. The available literature of Santhals is the demonstration of the voices of the people struggling to liberate themselves from the clutches of varied suppressions that problematize the very essence of their identity. Taking characters from every stratum, Santhali writers are enriching Tribal literature and foregrounding the unmapped realm of Santhal community.” – Abstract by Teresa Tudu (“Tribes In Transition” conference 2017)
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=25135

“Santali language and the music are the two important life lines for the existence of the Santal tribe in the modern world, and it has helped me to reconnect with the socio-cultural life of my village and retain my Santal mentality.” – Boro Baski in “Gai Gupi Kada Gupi: The story behind the song” (April 2021)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SyRGJHepbc 
https://indiantribalheritage.org/?p=42269

Traditional music instruments of the Santals at the Museum of Santal Culture – West Bengal

Tirio bamboo flute * Dhodro banam bowed instrument * Madol or tumdak double-sided barrel drum * Photos: Boro Baski, Museum of Santal Culture; photo credit: Ludwig Pesch © 2012 Information on these and other music instruments provided by the Wesanthals E-Group * … Continue reading

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Video | “Rasi Nato” (Big Village): Song 5 from Santali video album “Ale Ato” (Our Village) – West Bengal

5 Rasi Nato (Big Village) [Starting from 16:25, continues/ends in Part 2] ThemeA group of women recall their bygone days:In our big village we girls and boys were together in pairs. But the pairs of our friendships are no more. … Continue reading

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Audio | Historical recordings of Santali songs (1931): Arnold Bake’s recordings at Kairabani – Jharkhand

In Kairabani [Arnold Bake] photographed Santali pupils playing their instruments at the mission, but he seems to have been dissatisfied with the sober ambience of the premises. To also have a picture of a Santali musician in a natural environment, … Continue reading

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eJournal | Johar’s Tribal Trilingual Short Story Writing Contest 2021 – Winners

More about the Johar’s Tribal Trilingual Short Story Writing Contest TTSSWC 2021 of India Winning stories will be published online in The Johar Journal (www.joharjournal.org). The contest is being held in memory of late Dr. Stephen B. Hansdak (Former Medical … Continue reading

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eJournal | Writing and teaching Santali in different alphabets: A success story calling for a stronger sense of self-confidence – West Bengal

Santali is one of India’s many Adivasi languages. Today, seven different alphabets are used to write in it. Some argue that this great variety does not help the community’s development. | Read the full article (3,3 MB) >> Among South … Continue reading

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