Ram Dayal Munda Rajakiya Kala Bhavan, Hotwar, which hosts the weekly Saniparab
Geetashree Oraon, the state’s first lady when it comes to art and culture, is planning a three-tier hub that can protect and promote unique facets of tribal life.
The state’s art and culture minister, also Congress MLA from Sisai, has already sent a proposal in this regard to the Cabinet for a nod.
The proposed learning hub will preserve and promote indigenous tribal art, literature and music, a move that will fulfil a long-pending demand of the people of Jharkhand.
“Nearly a fortnight ago, I prepared the proposal for a college of fine arts, an academy and an art gallery to protect and popularise Jharkhand’s art and culture. The Cabinet’s nod is awaited,” said Oraon
According to the minister, they will be set up in Ranchi, also Jharkhand’s “cultural capital”.
The college will provide students opportunities to learn and understand tribal culture and heritage, while the academy would support those struggling to carry forward the legacy of their forefathers and promote their works, Oraon saod.
“The gallery will serve as a platform for painters and sculptors,” the minister added.
Ever since she got her portfolio, Oraon has been exploring ways to encourage local creativity.
Recently, her department launched the innovative Saniparab — a weekly event held on Saturdays — at Ram Dayal Munda Rajakiya Kala Bhavan, Hotwar.
In this, local artistes present various cultural programmes on that day. Even people from other states are welcome to participate and pave the way for a rich cultural exchange.
Tribal language and literature received a shot in the arm in 2011, when the then Arjun Munda government notified Santhali, Mundari, Kurukh, Kharia, Ho, Nagpuri, Panchpargania, Kurumali and Khortha as official languages.
Jharkhand’s indigenous literature witnessed a literary renaissance soon after this state recognition.
At the same time, notwithstanding efforts made by individual creativity, there is no institution till date that promotes literary works in tribal and regional languages.
As of now, the state only has a department dedicated to the tribal and regional languages at Ranchi University.
Now, tribal writers, artists and artisans are pinning their hopes on Oraon.
“We have been demanding an academy for long to promote tribal art, literatures and music. These fresh moves of the government will help us realise our aspirations,” said sculptor Dilip Toppo.
“I do not know when the Cabinet will take up the matter. But, the sooner they do, the better it is,” said Oraon.