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Centre for Translation and Study of Dalit and Tribal Literature

Description:

The emergence of the Identity of Dalit and Adivasi Literary trends is a post-modern phenomenon though having its roots in the process of Modernization and Democratization in India. With increasing globalization, displacement of Adivasis and Dalits from existing productive economies has started to take place. In many parts of India, activities like shrimp cultivation are displacing Scheduled Caste agrarian labourers. This means a loss, amongst other things, of literary outpourings that culture links today's India with its past. Hence there is a need for an effort to collect documents, translate and publish them in Hindi along with documentation of oral traditions and cultures as narratives for reading pleasure and as sources of sustainable knowledge.

Objectives:

  • To collect the oral traditions (Memory Bank) of literature of the Dalit and Adivasi, document, translate and publish plays, songs, stories and aphorisms in Hindi.
  • To keep a record and collection of the arts of Dalit and Adivasi (like paintings, handicrafts etc.)
  • To arrange annual exhibition, exhibiting the Dalit and Adivasi culture and life-style.
    To publish the collected documents as 'performances' with the help of audio and video recordings.
  • To prepare vocabulary for the marginalized languages which are loaded with various literary traditions.
  • To seek collaboration from other agencies, institutions and university departments/centers working in the same field with the same objective.
  • To build a space for researchers, scholars and writers to share ideas and work out proactive ways in which the collected materials can be disseminated further - through seminars, discussions, workshops.
  • To Identify and translate with a view to publication, Dalit and Adivasi literatures, starting with their oral offerings.