Continuing with its endeavor to preserve and promote tribal ethnicity, Tata Steel, is set to celebrate the birth anniversary of late Pt. Guru Kol Lako Bodra – creator of the ‘Warang Kshiti’ script for the ‘Ho’ language, again this year on September 18.
Last year, the company renovated his dilapidated ancestral home as a ‘samadhi sthal’ to pay homage to this visionary.This year, in order to pay tribute to this true son of the soil, Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society along with Adivasi ‘Ho’ Samaj Mahasabha and Adivasi ‘Ho’ Samaj Yuva Mahasabha, Chaibasa, have organised an awareness rally on ‘Warang Kshiti’ script followed by traditional dance and song performances by the students of ‘Ho’ language classes. The rally would be led by the language class students along with the community and its representatives.
On this occasion, a book on the grammar rules of Ho Language – ‘Ho Vyakaran Ondo Nibandhavali’, written by Dr. Damyanti Sinku, will be released by the Chief Guest, Shri Champai Soren, Hon’ble Minister, Transportation, Industry & Tribal Welfare, Government of Jharkhand. Shri Abu Bakar Siddique, Deputy Commissioner, Chaibasa, and Shri Deepak Birua, MLA, Chaibasa will be the Guests of Honour. Other MLAs of the region, Zilla Parishad Members and Tribal Cultural Society staff will also attend the programme.
About Pt. Guru Kol Lako Bodra
Born in Paseya village of Chakradharpur sub-division of West Singhbhum district, Pt. Guru Kul Lako Bodra dedicated his life to develop an identity for his community by evolving ‘Warang Kshiti’ script. While studying in school and later pursuing course in homeopathy from Jalandhar City College, Punjab, Pt. Bodra realised the indispensability of language and literature to preserve culture of a community. As he was growing, he had a strong belief that the ‘Ho’ Community had a script of their own and so the young visionary started collecting historic stone writings from various places to support his belief. With strong determination and conviction in the month of October, 1939, the ‘Ho’ script was announced with the name ‘Warang Kshiti’.
Efforts to preserve ‘Warang Kshiti’
Tata Steel, through its Tribal Cultural Society, is partnering with the Adivasi Ho Samaj Yuva Mahasabha in conducting classes for teaching the ‘Warang Kshiti’ script across 100 centres in the Kolhan region, reaching out to more than 8000 students. This is, perhaps, one of its kind interventions by a private sector company in India.