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Fifty years of the India's first Adivasi massacre Rupaspur-Chandwa  

Rupaspur-Chandwa (1971-2021) between Constrained
Democracy and Silent Literature

50 years ago, on 22 November 1971, the first Adivasi massacre took place over the question of land in the village of Rupaspur-Chandwa in Purnia district of undivided Bihar-Jharkhand.

22 November 2021, TRI Hall, Morabadi, Ranchi (Jharkhand)

In this massacre, the private army of landlords had indiscriminately fired bullets at Santal Tola located in Rupaspur-Chandwa village of Dhamdaha block and set the entire village on fire. In this brutal massacre, 14 Adivasi Santals were burnt alive which included women and children.
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Hundred Years of Adivasi Intervention in Indian Legislature and Parliamentary Democracy

100 Yrs of Adivasi
in Indian Legislature

2021 marks one hundred years of Adivasi participation, intervention and contribution to Indian legislature and parliamentary democracy. It was only in 1921 that for the first time Adivasis had limited opportunity to be included (along with other Indians) in the British-ruled Indian legislature through general constituencies and reserved nominations. From where the new modern political history of their legislative struggle along with the ground struggle begins.

26 October 2021, TRI Hall, Morabadi, Ranchi (Jharkhand)

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Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo

Sajan Re
Jhooth Mat Bolo

Phanishwarnath Renu was evaluated from many points of view on the occasion of birth centenary. But no one considered Renu's literary and political journey from a Adivasi point of view. Whereas the region they represent in their stories, novels and reports is home to a large number of Adivasis. So, we organized a special live titled 'Sajan Re Jhooth Mat Bolo' from 14th to 27th June 2021 on the topic 'How regional are the stories of Renu' with special reference to the struggle of the Adivasis of Purnea.

6 Series : 14 June to 27 June 2021

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Asur Adivasi Radio

Asur Adivasi
Mobile Radio

The operation of 'Asur Adivasi Mobile Radio' has been started from January 2020. Its first telecast took place on Sunday, 19 January 2020 in the weekly market Koteya. Kotaya is located in the Netarhat region at a distance of about 200 km from the capital Ranchi. The objective of 'Asur Adivasi Mobile Radio' is to save the endangered language and wisdome of Asur.

January 2020 - Netarhat (Jharkhand), INDIA

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Thunder Songs of the Forest

Thunder Songs
of the Forest

In 2019, the Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhara launched a campaign Thunder Songs of the Forest against the eviction of 20 lakh Adivasis from the forest by the Supreme Court. Adivasis and indigenous writers, artists and social workers from across the country participated in this campaign. The main event was held in Ranchi.

May-September 2019 - Ranchi (Jharkhand), INDIA

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Visual Storyteller Workshop  

Storyteller Workshop-1

In this Visual Storyteller Workshop, well-known filmmakers, writers, journalists and theater personalities enrich young participants with their experiences. Workshop designed and conducted by Ashwini Kumar Pankaj and Ranjith Oraon (FTII).

23-30 June 2019, Ranchi (Jharkhand)

The country's first visual storyteller workshop focused on the understanding and production techniques of cinema from a tribal perspective was organized by Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhara from 23 to 30 June 2019 in Ranchi. The objective of the Visual Storyteller Workshop was to acquaint the youth with all forms of visual storytelling, not just film. The idea was to broaden the youth's understanding of the politics and beauty of art and cinema because every word, every visual and every frame is politics.
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Adivasidom Workshop  

Understanding and Sharing

Five-day residential workshop with Vandna Tete, Gladson Dungdung, Sushma Asur, Ranjit Oraon, Deepak Bara, KM Singh Munda, AK Pankaj and Prashant Sidam.

December 2018 - Netarhat (Jharkhand), INDIA

The purpose of this program is to learn Adivasi worldview and aestheticism, to understand and to share with the community, especially the youth and the new generation. This program has been conceived as a five-day residential teaching-training workshop. In which the young participants and elders will share their knowledge and experiences with each other in the affinity of the community and nature. The main aspects of this program are: What is Adivasi way and how it looks at itself as well as in all aspects of planet, how it behaves with them, how to interpret mutual relationships and coexistence.
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Beyond The Jungle

Adivasi Memoirs
Beyond The Jungle

One-Day Symposium on the completion of 50 years of the first Indian Adivasi Memoir/Autobiography Beyond The Jungle (1968) written by Sita Rathnamal.

11 November 2018 - Ranchi (Jharkhand), INDIA

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Tribal Women Writers' Meet 2017

All India Tribal
Women Writers' Meet

The two-day meet in being organised by Sahitya Akademi in association with Jharkhandi Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti Akhra to commemorate the birth centenary of Alice Ekka, the country’s first acclaimed woman tribal writer.

7-8 September 2017 - Ranchi (Jharkhand), INDIA

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Pyara Kerketta Poetry Festival 2020


On the occasion of Pyara Kerketta Jayanti, JBSS Akhra organized a Three-day Live Multilingual Adivasi-Indigenous Poetry Conference from 3rd to 5th June 2020. Mukta Toppo, Vishwasi Ekka, Preeti Ranjana Dungdung and Poonam Wasam (Hindi); Alam Parsa and Ajit Kumar Kullu (Sadari/Nagpuri); Anita Mahto, Mahendra Goswami Sudhakar and Sukumar (Khortha); Babarao Madavi (Marathi); Vandana Bharti (Angika); Rajkishor Singh (Panchparganiya); Ratan Mahato 'Satyarthi' (Kudmali); Parvati Tirkey (Kudukh); Sardar Meena (Dhundari); Nirmal Murmu, Usha Kiran Tudu and Pankaj Kisku (Santali) has recited on this multilingual poetry conference.

Adivasi Sahitya Live


We started this live program when people were battling loneliness, despair and fear during the first phase of the lockdown of the Covid-19 epidemic. Its first telecast was on 25 March 2020. It went live randomly from 25 March to 16 April 2020 and from 17 April 2020 it was named 'Adivasi Sahitya Live'. Regular telecast took place from 17th April to 3rd May 2020 i.e. twice a day. One at 3 pm and the other at 7 pm. From May 6 to May 20, 2020, it was organized only once at 7.30 pm. Under this, live programs of more than 50 Adivasi litterateurs and cultural workers from 12 states of the country have been organized so far. And, even now this live program continues in an irregular manner.



'Bankhri Gamana' is a word from Kharia Adivasi language which means to tell a story. The program was started online from 1st May 2020 on various popular social media platforms. Its purpose was to keep people away from the stress of Kovid-19 which is the Adivasi way. It used to air simultaneously every night at 10 pm on Facebook's Adivasi literature page, Jharkhandi Akhra's YouTube and SoundCud's channel. The anchor of this program was Preeti Ranjana Dungdung, a young Adivasi scholar from Simdega, Jharkhand. In this storytelling program, more than two dozen stories of Adivasi storytellers were narrated till the first week of June 2020.


Revolt and War in Adivasi History


11 June 2020 (Online)

Adivasi Kebang Akhra

ADIVASI KEBANG AKHRA : An Online Community Sharing and Learning Centre

6th to 31st October 2020 (Online)

Srinivas Panuri Jayanti


25th December 2020 (Online)

Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future.