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CWC Event: Why Are Adivasi Writings Still on the Margins of Indian Literature?

May 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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On Adivasi Literature_Revised

For the larger part of Indian history, Adivasis voices have remained on the periphery of ‘Indian’ literature, with overwhelming domination of Savarna writers telling their stories through written works—which has also been considered a tool for the domination of the Indigenous people. However, since the beginning of the twentieth century, a significant number of Adivasi writings have emerged—predominantly in Indigenous and vernacular languages—that are largely an extension of their oral literature.

This workshop will attempt to shed some light on this transition from oral to written through the works of Adivasi writers of the last century, with special focus on Central India. It will also discuss the various initiatives led by Adivasi communities, in print as well online platforms, to document Adivasi voices and their literature in recent times.

Date: 5 May 2021, Wednesday 

Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM 

Bio – Akash Poyam belongs to the Koitur (Gond) community from Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh. He is currently working as a copy-editor at The Caravan magazine. He is also the founder and editor of Adivasi Resurgence, an online platform archiving writings by Adivasi writers on history, culture, art and literature. He has completed an M.Phil. in Sociology from University of Hyderabad.

You can register for the event here: https://forms.gle/udZUTTgzWQ2jeh219


Please note that if you have already registered for this event before, you need not to register again. Registration will close on Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 1 PM.


A Zoom link will be shared with registered participants prior to the workshop. 


May 5
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm