Video | Creation Myths of six tribal groups: Sahitya Akademi’s Annual Festival of Letters (February 2017) – New Delhi

The Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) had its Annual Festival of Letters in February 2017, during which the Creation Myth of six tribal groups were narrated and presented in the original languages (Kurukh/ Oraon, Munda, Santali, Kharia, Ho and Biryia/ Asur).

Here are two videos that were shown with live-streaming and are available on Youtube.

The session is in two parts:

Part I has narrators from Munda, Kurukh/ Oraon, Ho and Birjiya/ Asur;
Part II has narrators from Kharia and Santali.

Source: courtesy Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak (Assistant Professor, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi)

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