Workshop on Banam Making: Appreciation for the ancient musical string instrument of the Santals – West Bengal


1st Phase-Workshop on Banam Making
(One of the ancient musical instruments of the Santals)

Date & Time: 18-19 August 2018, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Venue:  Museum of Santal Culture, Bishnubati, Birbhum

Organized by Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust, Birbhum, West Bengal and funded by Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway


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The Banam (single-string wooden lute or fiddle) is one of the ancient musical instruments of the Santal tribe.  The instrument is made of wood; the lower part is covered with cow-hide and tightened with bamboo pegs. According to its different types, shapes and sizes the Banam has different names and creates various tunes. Banam-Making is an art, and not many people among the Santals are engaged in pursuing it. | Learn more (PDF with contact details, 155 KB) Banam workshop programme Boro Baski 14-8-18>> 

Source: courtesy Dr. Boro Baski (email 14 August 2018)

Dr. Boro Baski works for the community-based organisation Ghosaldanga Adibasi Seva Sangha in West Bengal. The NGO is supported by the German NGO Freundeskreis Ghosaldanga und Bishnubati. He was the first person from his village to go to college as well as the first to earn a PhD (in social work) at Viswa-Bharati. This university was founded by Rabindranath Tagore to foster integrated rural development with respect for cultural diversity. The cooperation he inspired helps local communities to improve agriculture, economical and environmental conditions locally, besides facilitating education and health care based on modern science.

He authored Santali translations of two major works by Rabindranath Tagore, the essay “Vidyasagar-Charit” and the drama Raktakarabi (English “Red Oleanders”), jointly published by the Asiatic Society & Sahitya Akademi (India’s National Academy of Letters) in 2020.

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Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust
Registration under Trust Registration Act 1982
P.O. Sattore, Dist. Birbhum
West Bengal-731 236

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