Gadchiroli Feb. 26 (District Correspondent) In the wave of urbanization, modernization and culturalization, tribal art has started to decline. It is difficult to say how long tribal art and culture will be preserved at the speed at which tribals are coming under the influence of urban culture. If the tribal arts are destroyed, then the very soul of Indian traditional arts will perish and if we want to avoid this, it is our responsibility to study the tribal culture and art and stop its decline.
This was opined by Dr. Umesh Bagade, Head of Department of History, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad while speaking at the one-day National Workshop on ‘Collection and Use of Tribal Historical Sources’ that was recently organized at the University by the Department of Post Graduate Academic History.
The workshop was presided over by Vice-Chancellor of Gondwana University Dr. Prashant Bokare, Pro VC Dr. Shriram Kawle, Registrar Dr. Anil Hirekhan and Prof. Delhi University Dr. Virginal Khakha, Head of History Department of Development Studies Centre of Trivandrum, Kerala Abhilash Tadatheel, Dr. Rashmi Bund, Head of History Department, Gondwana University were present on the occasion.
Tribals have knowledge of forest, plants, which should be preserved. Their festivals, celebrations, different rituals are celebrated without harming the nature, pointed out Dr. Khakha. We have a lot to learn it from them, he added.
There is a need to preserve the prevailing method of tribal literature collection, the oral history etc, said Dr. Abhilash Tadthil.
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Prashant Bokare said, tribals still have a very advanced type of music. Their art and their culture should be preserved. I appeal to the history department to study all these things and try to preserve them. A question-and-answer session was held after the lecture. Before the inauguration of the conference, the history department’s library was inaugurated by dignitaries.
Head of Department of History Dr. Rashmi Bund made an introductory speech, Dr. Naresh Madavi Dr. Santosh Suradkar conducted the programme. Dr. Nandkishore Mane and Prafulla Nande worked hard for the success of the programme.
Photo Dr. Prashant Bokare, Dr. Umesh Bagade and others seen at the inauguration of the workshop