Programmes to Promote Local Dialects

Sahitya Akademi, an autonomous organization under Ministry of Culture, is organising many programmes to promote literature in local dialects of the country.

 

  • Adi Language Convention  Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Warli Language Convention at Thane, Maharashtra.
  • Kumauni Language Convention at Almora, Uttarakhand.
  • Halbi Language Convention at Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh.
  • Literary Forum on Contribution of Oral Literature of Tribes to the Development of the Contemporary Literature of the Hmar, Paite, Tangkhul and Thadou Kuki languages
  • Seminar on The Silence of Dying Voices: Literatures on the Verge of Extinction in India’s North East
  • Literary programme on types and varieties of Traditional songs of four Tribes: Lamkang, Tarao, Moyon and Monsang  Manipur.
  • Literary programme on types and varieties of Traditional songs of four Tribes: Inpui Naga, Koireng, Aimol and Kom Imphal, Manipur.
  • Literary programme on types and varieties of Traditional songs of four Tribes: Koirao/Thangal, Chothe and Kharam at Imphal, Manipur.
  • Seminar on Route to Oral Literature at Gangtok, Sikkim.
  • Literary Forum programme on Pena and Manipuri Literature at Agartala, Tripura.
  • Tribal Writers’ Meet, a convention of writers from 10 tribal languages of Odisha at Bhubaneswar.
  • Paite Language Convention  at Imphal.
  • Workshop on Translating the Oral Resources of Some Oral Communities in North-East India  at Shillong, Meghalaya.
  • Seminar on the Recent Trends in Tribal Literature of the North East at Tura, Meghalaya.

Besides the above programmes, the Akademi has also documented the oral and tribal literature of the country by publishing the translations of these literatures in the recognized languages of the Akademi.

The Akademi has also instituted Bhasha Samman in 1996 to be given to writers, scholars, editors, collectors, performers or translators who have made considerable contribution to the propagation, modernization or enrichment of the languages concerned.

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So far the Akademi has awarded its Bhasha Samman in various unrecognized languages like Kokborok, Kumauni, Pahari, Bhojpuri, Tulu, Bhili, Ladakhi, Gojri, Magahi, Chhattisgarhi, Gondi, Himachli, Avadhi, Kachchi, Khasi, Mizo, Garo, Lepcha, Warli, Banjara, Ho, Karbi, Angami (Tenyidie), Ao, Chakma, Mising, Adi etc.

The Akademi also regularly organized seminars/symposiums in the Unwritten Languages of India and recently a book of seminar papers, presented during one of the above seminar was brought out by the Akademi.

The Akademi did research and documented the oral and tribal literature available in Toda language and would bring out the same in a book form very soon.

Besides the above activities, the Akademi regularly invites the writers/ scholars from the un-recognized languages in different literary programmes, organized in different parts of the country to nurture and cherish the deep socio-cultural bonds between different Indian languages and people.

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