Central University of Jharkhand, Ranchi



Akhṛa - We all meet

A festival to celebrate knowledge treasure of the tribal world, the Central University of Jharkhand proposes its theme for the Annual festival of 2012. The university was established by the special act in 2009 by the Government of India, organizes such festival ‘not-for-profit’ but based on themes generate diversified knowledge essential for over all developments of the students, as well as for the balanced growth of the university at formative level. The CUJ aims at out reaching with peoples of neighborhoods, region and beyond through such programs. The proposed festival for three days aims at combining International Seminar, Literary meet, Documentary film festival, Performing art of Traditional and ‘Fusion’ forms, Exhibitions of Art and aesthetics, Food, Textile, Carvings, of the tribes to celebrate Indian Culture that preserve knowledge and promote cultural creative endeavour. The title of the festival is composed of the word ‘Akhra’ means in the Santali, Oraon and Munda languages is ‘a place of gathering for organizing community program’. At this backdrop Central University of Jharkhand intends to organize the festival on and from 8th, 9th, 10th, November 2012.
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    Programme Schedule

    Date Seminar Afternoon Programme Evening Programme

    Academic Seminar on Indigenous Environmental Philosophy in the Global Era

    Inaugural 10.00 am - 11.59am

    Session – I : 12.30 PM – 1.30 PM

    Theme: Indigenous People in the Age of Corporate Social Responsibility

    Session Chair: Dr. B.D. Sharma, President
    Session coordinator: Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi

    1. Felix Padel, Counteracting Cultural Genocide
    2. Sri Anupam Anand, CSR at Hindustan Copper Limited
    3. Dr. Santosh Kumar Besra, Meaningful Expense for Harmony and Catalyzing Development

    Cultural Programme – Korobore

    2.30 PM – 5.30 PM (Open Air)                                              

    1. Mukund Nayak and his team of Jharkhand – Akhra
    2. Sabar of West Bengal
    3. Tiwa of Assam – Barat Dance, Langkhon Dance, Kadalparya Dance
    4. Garasia of Rajasthan
    5. Central University of Odisha
    6. Central University of Mizoram
    7. Central University of Manipur
    8. North Eastern Hill University (Meghalaya)
    9. Tribal World, Jharkhand- Ratta dance
    10. West Bengal - Chhau Dance
    11. Leh and Ladakh - Lharna, Shondol, Chapskyan Tses
    12. Oraon of Jharkhand- Kurukh Dance

    6.00 PM – 8.30 PM (Indoor)

    1. Invocation of Forest by Nandlal Nayak, Jharkhand
    2. *Traditional Attire
    3. Fashion Show, Round – I
    4. Guru Rewben Mashangva (King of Naga Folk Blues) – Manipur
    5. *Traditional Attire
    6. Fashion Show round – II
    7. Durga Prasad Murmu- Santalsong


    * (Fourteen Tribes)


    Session – II : 9.30 AM – 11.00 AM

    Theme : Hundred Years of Indian Ethnography “Revisiting ‘The Munda’ and their Country”

    Session Chair: Prof. Karma Oraon
    Session coordinator: Rajanikant Pandey

    1. Prof. Vijay Sahay, Hundred Years of Indian Ethnography
    2. Dr. S.M. Patnaik, Negotiating Ethnography: Emerging Challenges
    3. Prof. Sarit K. Chaudhuri, Ethnographic Journey in Arunachal Pradesh

    Tea Break : 11.00 AM – 11.30 AM

    Session III: 11.30 AM – 1.30 PM

    Theme: Indigenous People and International Others: NGO, INGO and State (Round Table)

    Session Chair: Mr. Stan Thekaekara
    Session Moderator: Dr. Saigal Topno

    1. Mrs. M Thekaekara
    2. Dr. D. Mardi
    3. Mr. Gladson Dungdung
    4. Mrs. Vandana Tete
    5. Sh. Tonol Murmu

    Parallel Session IV: 11.30 AM – 1.30 PM

    Theme: Representing Tribes in Literature

    Session Chair: Ramanika Gupta
    Session Moderator: Dr. Sandeep Yadav

    1. Dr. Kumkum, Fictionalising the fact: The representation of adivasis in Indian literature
    2. Dr. Santanu Banerjee, Noncoinciding Consciousnesses and the Representation of Tribal Identity
    3. Shri Sridhar Hegde , Depiction of Anguish, Aspiration and Frustration of Mala Aryars of Kerala in Kocharethi
    4. Dr. Prem Singh, The Capitalist Model of Development and Indigenous People
    5. Dr. Suresh Jagnnathan, Socio-Economic Status of De-notified and Nomadic Tribes in India
    6. Shri Hare Ram Meena, Adivasi Lekhak
    7. Smt. Nirmala Putul, Adivasi Kavitayen
    8. Shri Mangal Singh Munda, Adivasi Sahitya
    9. Prof. K. M. Metry, Nomadic Rajgond

    2.30 PM – 5.30 PM (Open Air)      

    1. Dance of Kargil Tribes – Central University of Kashmir
    2. Bhutan College
    3. Kharia Dance of Simdega, Jharkhand
    4. Kalbelia Dance of Rajasthan
    5. War Dance, Handu Dance of Santham – Nagaland
    6. Sadri Jhumar of Tea Garden Tribes, Assam
    7. Paika Dance of Jharkhand
    8. Bonda Dance of Odisha
    9. Jabro, Aley Yatowa, Dpawo, Tashis pa, dances of Leh & Ladakh
    10. Rang-Rong Dance, the Munda, Khunti, Jharkhand
    11. Kherwal Dance, Latehar
    12. Sikkim


    6.00 PM – 8.30 PM (Indoor)

    1. Das Singha (Dumka, Santhal Pargana)
    2. *Traditional Attire
    3. Fashion Show, Round – I
    4. Kortha Folk Song
    5. Bannam and Tuila (Instrumental Music of Jharkhand)
    6. *Traditional Attire
    7. Fashion Show, Round – II
    8. Kurmali Folk Song


    * (Fourteen Tribes)




    Session V : 9.30 AM – 11.00 AM

    Theme: Environmental Philosophy and Indigenous People’s Perspective

    Session Chair: Prof. M. C. Behera
    Session Co-ordinator: Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi

    1. Dr. Nandini Sinha Kapur, Bhils in Conservation: Aspects of Agrarian History and Sacred Groves
    2. Dr. Ezekiel Toppo, Sustainable development and Indigenous knowledge
    3. Prof. Malli Gandhi, Nomadic , Seminomadic and de-notified Tribes
    4. Ms. Radhika Borde, Echoing Voices: Environmental Protests by Adivasis with Trans-national Support and Reform Responses by the Indian Government


    Tea Break : 11.00 AM – 11.30 AM

    Session VI : 11.30 AM – 1.00 PM

    Theme: Indigenous Slot, Livelihood and Wellbeing

    Session Chair: Shri Dhirendra Kumar
    Session Co-ordinator: Dr. Rahul Chaturvedi

    1. Prof. Vijay Kapur, Professor, Challenges and Opportunities for the Empowerment of Indian Tribes through the Built Environment Sector
    2. Dr. Bhaskar Rao Gorantala, Institutional Structures for Safeguarding Socio-Economic Interests and Rights
    3. Dr. Jumyir Bashar , Indigenous Slots, Development and Livelihood Options

    2.30 PM – 5.30 PM (Open Air)   

    1. Dharti Abba – Burmu, Munda Kala Sanskritik Manch
    2. Kondh Dance of Odisha
    3. Dance of Arunachal Tribes – Rajiv Gandhi University
    4. Kiho Dance, Kurdeg, Simdega, Jharkhand
    5. Chawr-Paika, Jharkhand
    6. Tribal Dance, Argora, Jharkhand
    7. Munda Dance of Burmu
    8. Voice of a Woman – A Drama by CUJ Students

    6.00 PM – 8.40 PM (Indoor)

    1. Durga Padam Murmu’s Instrumental Music
    2. *Traditional Attire
    3. Fashion Show, Round – I
    4. Kharsang Dance – Oraon Tribe
    5. Fashion Show, Round – II
    6. Na-Rymei Band – Meghalaya
    7. Valedictory

    * (Seven Tribes)


    Film and Documentary Show – HALITTA

    Book Exhibition

    Tribal Food Festival – KHA-AM

    CSR Exhibition

    1. Meghnath Akhra   & Biju Toppo- Gadi Lohardaga Mail , Kojorahi
    2. Oinam Doren -    Rewben Mashangva
    3. Moji Riba -   Between God and Me
    4. Ahmed Abid -  Sapne Yatri
    5. Dr. K. P. Jayasankar -    So Hidden So Hoddan
    6. Daniel Rycroft -    Santhal Hool
    7. Subhashish Chakraborty        -    Magic Script, Sa
    1. Adim Book Centre
    2. Sambad
    3. Jan Sambad
    4. K. K. Publisher, Allahabad
    5. Satya Bharati, Ranchi
    6. Indian Social Institute, New Delhi
    7. North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati
    8. Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi
    9. Indigenous Initiative
    10. Sahayoga Pustak Kutir, Delhi
    11. TRI, Guwahati
    1. Jharkhand   -    Group –I (20), Group –II (12)
    2. Kerala  -    Group –I (04), Group-II (04)
    3. Leh Ladakh (J & K)   -    26
    4. Arunachal Pradesh    -    10
    5. Bhutan                      -    10
    1. Hindustan Copper

    Tribal Art and Craft Exhibition – POW-WOW


    Sl. No.

    Items for display

    State/ Country


    Gond Painting

    Madhya Pradesh


    (4) cloth weaving



    Tharu Art (Basketry)



    Tribal Musical Instrument



    Tribal apparel



    Saura Painting






    (2) Textiles



    (1) Herbal items



    Tribal painting of Jharkhand



    (1) Apparel
    (2) Art & Craft
    (3) Herbal Medicine



    (1) Painting
    (2) Sculpture



    (1) Weaving
    (2) Painting

    Leh & Ladakh