eBook | Adivasi Stories from Gujarat – Bhasha Research and Publication Centre (Vadodara) – Gujarat

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A story book by Kanji Patel (ed.) and by Sonal Baxi (trans.) published by Bhasha Research and Publication Centre, Vadodara © 2017 with the support of Tribal Cultural Heritage in India Foundation, Netherlands


Bhasha and its publication unit, Purva Prakash, have together documented the rich literature prevalent in these languages, their epics, narratives, theatre, music traditions and arts. Bhasha and Purva Prakash have published literary and children’s magazines, books, educational material in print and digital format in 32 Adivasi languages as well as in the major languages as Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and English. These publications present the Adivasi imagination, knowledge systems, culture and society and have brought visibility to and understanding regarding a significant but long neglected stream of Indian literature and society.

For more information on the tribal communities of this region visit the homepage of Bhasha’s Co-Founder Prof. Ganesh Devy: https://gndevy.in/inst.html >>

Contributors: Arvind Patel, Dahyabhai Vadhu, Jeetendra Vasava, Mansing Chaudhari, Nazroo Rathwa, Urmila Gamit, Vanita Valvi
Illustrators: Chetan Parshuram Gangavane, Eknath Parshuram Gangavane, Desing Rathwa, Lalji Rathwa, Mahendra Gamit, Nazroo Rathwa
Layout and Design: Rajat Gajjar, Yash Desai and Sahana Iyer
Cover Illustration: Chetan Parshuram Gangavane and Eknath Parshuram Gangavane

Adivasi [adibasi] – 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, as we all know, and includes all the different indigenous groups of India.” – Dr. Ivy Hansdak (email dated 27 March 2020) | “Who are Scheduled Tribes?” (National Commission for Scheduled Tribes) | Classifications in different states >>

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Tribal communities of Gujarat:
BhilChaudhariDehwaliDhodiaGamitKathodi, Kolgha, Kotwalia, Kunkna, Padhar, Warli [Varli] – please refer to official sources for more details >>

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