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News from the villages - July 2017

By: Boro Baski
20.07.2017 News

National Seminar at Dumka, Presentation by Boro Baski

Workshop on 'Study of Adivasis in West Bengal' _
From 5 to 6 July 2017, the Pratichi Institute, in collaboration with the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, organized a two –day workshop on 'Study of Adivasis in West Bengal' at the Asiatic Society in Kolkata. The purpose of the workshop was to undertake a comprehensive study of the life of Adivasis in West Bengal. Academicians, journalists, and activists working on the issue attended the workshop. Professor Ranabir Samaddar, Distinguished Chair in Migration and Forced Migration Studies, Calcutta Research Group, delivered the keynote address. Boro Baski participated in the workshop on behalf of the 'Ghosaldanga Bishnubati Adibasi Trust'. A follow-up workshop is being planned  at Santiniketan.

'Love stories' told in the oral tradition of indigenous peoples of India
From 4 to 5 July 2017, Prof. Indrani Mukherjee of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, visited the RSV school along with one of her students. Prof. Mukherjee is doing research on love stories told in the oral tradition of indigenous peoples of India. Prof. Mukherjee interviewed Boro Baski, Sanyasi Lohar and Bimol Baski on the Santali mythical love stories in the Bengal region. They also visited the Museum of Santal Culture at Bishnubati.

Seminar on the theme ‘Santal Hul and Its Legacy’
On 29 June 2017, the Sidu-Kanu-Murmu University, Dumka (Jharkhand), commemorated the Great Santal Insurrection of 1855-56 by organizing a National Seminar on the theme 'Santal Hul and Its Legacy'. The Santal Insurrection, popularly known as ‘Hul’, is one of the most discussed indigenous movements in post-independent India. Academicians and social activist from different places of India took part in the seminar . Boro Baski presented a paper on the theme (look photo above).