Nagara artistes (left) liven up Ram Dayal Munda Park as chief minister Hemant Soren inaugurates the park named after the tribal ideologue in Ranchi on Friday. (Prashant Mitra)
It was the 74th birth anniversary of tribal ideologue Ram Dayal Munda on Friday, but Ranchi residents got the gift.
Chief minister Hemant Soren inaugurated a new park, named after the former vice-chancellor of Ranchi University and Rajya Sabha MP, at Morabadi to mark the occasion.
The green lung has been built by Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) at a total cost of Rs 46.94 lakh.
The inaugural ceremony of the park was followed by a colourful show at the convocation hall of Ranchi University, barely half a kilometre from the park. Artistes from Rumbul, a cultural organisation, dressed in traditional tribal attire braved the morning rain to make the programme a memorable one.
Hemant, who also attended the function, said the government was planning to introduce tribal music as a subject at schools in the coming days.
“Mundaji stood for art, culture and music of the tribal society of Jharkhand. In the coming days, the government may decide to include tribal music as a topic of study at schools,” he added.
The chief minister also urged the youths to learn tribal languages and use them, otherwise the same would die soon.
Two booklets on Munda penned by his friends and co-workers were also launched on the occasion.
Both dealt with the tribal icon’s works on culture and performing music that had earned him several national and international accolades, including Padmashree from former President Pratibha Patil. The two books also have poems written by the former tribal scholar.
B.P. Kesri, former professor of Tribal and Regional Language at Ranchi University and a close aide of Munda, requested the state government to introduce primary education in tribal tongues so that children do not face any problem just at the start of their academic journey.
Spread over 56,000sqft, the new park is located near the state guesthouse in Morabadi. Sal trees, tribal-styled gate and seats and colourful lights adorn the green facility.
Besides walking trails that cut through the carpet of grass, a stream runs through the park, which is being nurtured and beautified by the civic body.
The huge single vertical block of stone in honour of the famous scholar, however, has not been installed yet. The proposed installation of the monolith is in keeping with the tribal tradition of Munda community.
Known as pathalgadi in local dialect, the details of Munda’s life and works were supposed to be engraved on the stone for visitors’ knowledge.