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

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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 Literary Conference and said tribal literature is as rich as any other literature in the world.

Referring to elements of poetry in tribal literature, he said a poem describes the beautiful nature and its close association with mankind.

Tribal scholar writer K. Vasamalli, who presented a paper titled “Status of Tribal Women”, said most tribal women were looked down upon, even by the educated members of their communities. […]

Tribal scholar writer from Maharashtra Latari Kawadu Madaavi said: “Tribals are the first to bring about civilisation. Indus-valley scripts are their major contribution. Outsiders are simply jealous and their invasion is simply to bring about an end to the tribal culture.” […]

Speaking on his paper, “Future of tribal literature”, tribal scholar-writer from Nadurbar district of Maharashtra, Vaharoo Sonvane said: “Tribal literature, be it songs, arts or crafts, do not have written scripts, when any literature, in order to stand the tests of time, needs to be preserved in print.”

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Source: “Treasure trove of golden words – three-day conference comes to an end”, The Telegraph (Ranchi) 29 April 2005
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