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Innovative multi-cultural calendar launched
STAFF Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Nov 28 - In a bid to promote art, culture, heritage, language and togetherness of the Santali, Munda, Kurukh (Oraon), Ho and Kharia Adivasis, Tribal Menessa, a socio-cultural group has come up with an innovative almanac.

 The unique almanac ‘Tribal Menessa’, named after its organisation contains the numerical counting in five Adivasi languages (Santali, Munda, Kurukh, Ho and Kharia) in every English numerical date. It also showcases traditional medicines and ethnic dances of these communities. One of the pages of the calendar also portrays an Assamese girl beside a dhol, to showcase the unity in diversity of the State. Tribal Menessa, which is a group of like-minded Adivasi intellectuals, has been exploring new learning methods to spread their teachings among the tribal communities ever since its formation in 2015 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

It needs to be mentioned here that the vast majority of the tribal communities of the Adivasis who are now mostly settled in the tea enclaves of Assam, are struggling to preserve their rich traditions, art, culture, language and dances for various socio-political reasons. Like several other NGOs, Tribal Menessa is one such group, which has come forward to protect the tribal characters through innovative learning.

The calendar has been conceptualised and designed by Ujjwal Demta, a Computer Application graduate from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi. The calendar was launched today in Barla Complex, Boiragimoth here by Mashidas Aind, one of the associates of Tribal Menessa group. “We are making this little effort to make the people know their rich languages, culture, folk dances and art forms,” said Mashidas Aind during the launch.

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