The Santali Programme, School of Comparative Tribal Languages and Literatures, KISS Deemed to be University, celebrated Santali Bhasha Diwas on 22nd December 2023 by organizing a distinguished invited lecture by Shri Laxman Marandi, a prominent researcher in Santali Language.

The event commenced with the inauguration of a Wall Magazine by Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice Chancellor of KISS DU; Shri Laxman Marandi and other senior functionaries of the university. The Wall Magazine showcased the rich cultural and linguistic heritage of the Santali community. Professor Behera, in his inaugural address, emphasized the importance of preserving and promoting indigenous languages and cultures. He underscored the crucial role of Santali Bhasha Diwas in fostering awareness about the unique linguistic heritage of the Santali community. Prof. Behera commended the efforts of the Santali Programme at KISS-DU in nurturing linguistic diversity and contributing to the broader discourse on tribal languages and literatures.

Dr. Dhanu Murmu, Assistant Professor in the Santali Programme, elucidated the significance of Santali Bhasha Diwas, providing historical and cultural context to the audience. Dr. Murmu’s address was followed by deliberations by the Students and Scholars. They presented Santali poems, showcasing the linguistic richness and artistic expressions inherent in Santali literature.

Shri Marandi, the Chief Speaker of the day, delivered an enlightening lecture, providing profound insights into the historical development and contemporary status of the Santali Language and Literature. He explored the challenges faced, milestones achieved, and ongoing efforts to promote and preserve Ol Chiki Script and the contributions by Guru Gomke Raghunath Murmu.

The Distinguished Invited Lecture on “Development of Santali Language and Literature: Past and Present” was not a mere celebration of Santali Bhasha Diwas but it also served as a platform for intellectual exchange, cultural appreciation, and the promotion of linguistic diversity. The event left an indelible mark on the participants, fostering a deeper understanding of the rich heritage embedded in Santali language and literature.

The event concluded with insightful remarks by Dr. Kanhu Charan Mahali, Director General; Mr. Kadey Soren, Deputy Director (Academics); and Dr. Prashanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU. The Registrar elaborated on the importance of comparative studies, emphasizing the need for preserving and celebrating linguistic diversity along with the preservation of the Santali Language. Dr. Rasmita Tripathy, Associate Professor, and Dean, School of CTLL, expressed gratitude on behalf of the organizers, acknowledging the contributions of everyone involved in making the event a success.