Preserve tribal art with the help of digital media: Adivasi Arts Trust – Chhattisgarh

“The whole idea of getting involved with the various Adivasi tribes of India is to showcase their art to the world through the medium of animation. This is why the Adivasi Arts Trust was set up. To help preserve and promote their culture through this medium,” says secretary of the Adivasi Arts Trust, Tara Douglas. Douglas was in the city to give a lecture-presentation on the topic of ‘Animating Tribal Art’ at the MCCIA. […]

“The idea of preserving the Gallic culture through digital media content and animation was something that was used in Scotland. And since I was born in India and have ancestral roots here, I chose to come back and work with the many tribes here in India.”

She feels that documenting, recording and researching is just a small part of the endeavour. The main aim is to expose the tribal arts to the world. “We conduct workshops with tribes like the Santhals, the Warli the Mudiya and the Gonds and teach them basic still animations. We then collaborate with them in order to make animated films so that we can retain their original culture through their assistance and also bring about a sense of pride by encouraging them to not only preserve their culture but also promote the same.”

Source: Cultural Calling by Rohan Swamy, Indian Express, Thu Mar 31 2011
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Usage in legal and historical records

Ādivāsi [ādibāsi] may be used in accordance with local conventions; and increasingly so for official purposes (e.g. in “Conserving Tradition and Practices of Adivasi Communities in India” published on; Dr. Ivy Hansdak clarifies:

Adivasi – which is derived from Sanskrit – is applied to the dark-skinned or Austro-Asiatic indigenous groups of India (usually those from Eastern India). It is a commonly-used term in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha. It is also used by the local Mongoloid tribes of North Eastern India for the migrant workers who were brought in as indentured labourers to work in tea plantations during the colonial period. ‘Tribal’ is a very broad term in the English language and includes all the different indigenous groups of India. The terms ‘indigenous’ and ‘aboriginal’ are not used often as the government claims most groups are indigenous in India. ‘Denotified Tribes’ is only used for those nomadic tribes who were notified as ‘criminal tribes’ during the British Raj [colonial rule]; later they were ‘denotified’ but still bear the stigma.” (emails dated 2020 & 2023)

Raipur: Tara Douglas
Tara was born in Almora and graduated in Animation from West Surrey College of Art and Design. Having animated a folktale from Chhattisgarh called ‘How the Elephant Lost His Wings’, Tara went on to establish the UK-based charity, the Adivasi Arts Trust.

Source: India secrets: Chhattisgarh : Travel Plus News – India Today
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