Sikshasandhan has been organising a tribal literature festival for the last three years. Hundreds of people from various tribal communities have been taking part in this festival. In view of the success of the programme, it has been decided that the programme will be organised every year to give a platform to artists and writers of tribal communities to share their work and concerns.
Last year, in 2014, the festival was organised on the eve of the International Mother Tongue day on 21st February, showcasing the richness and diversity of the culture of Orissan tribal communities, especially their oral and literary traditions. On this occasion, tribal artists, both young and old, read from their work, staged plays in tribal languages, and played tribal musical instruments. Around a hundred members from various tribal communities from different districts of the state participated in this programme. The festival was inaugurated by Padma Bibhusan, Gyanpeeth awardee Dr. Sitakanta Mohapatra. Amongst other prominent figures who participated in the programme included Dr. Sangram Jena, Professor Khageswar Mohapatra, Professor Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Dr. Manmatha Kundu, and Mrs. Damayanti Besra.
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