Events

Events

Bhasha has held more than 200 conferences, seminars and workshops since its inception.

Recent events at Bhasha include the following programmes and visits:

21st to 25th October 2016, Research Fellows of Azim Premji Foundation, Rajasthan Rregion visited Adivasi Academy Tejgadh to understand the work on Multilingual Education

1st and 2nd October 2016, Two days conference on Traditional Medicinal Practices : A West Zone Tribal Healer’s Conference in collaboration of Tata Steel, at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh

20th to 25th September 2016, First workshop on Tribal Arts at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh in collaboration with ONGC, Vadodara in which artists from Jharkhand, Chhatisgarh, Gujarat and Orissa participate

21st August 2016, Asthi Sthapana of Mahasweta Devji, a programme held at Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh

25th May 2016, Release of Gujarat PLSI Gujarati version volume by Honorable Governor of Gujarat, Shri O. P. Kohli at Raj Bhavan, Gandhinagar

A review meeting of the Chief Editor with the publishers was convened on 24 and 25 February 2016 to discuss the schedule of publishing of the volumes.

A two day Workshop titled Vikalp Sangam convened by Kalpvriksh, Pune was held at Tejgadh on 5 and 6 December 2015. The workshop had participation from organisations across India as Dharamitra, Samvedna, Saded, Soppecome, Centre for Education and Documentation, Development Alternatives, Shikshantar, ISEC and NESFAS to discuss developmental alternatives.

4-5-6 December 2015 during which studies conducted were presented and reviewed by experts;

8-9 October 2015 to discuss with community researchers the need for the study, to finalise the framework and methodology and the regions to be covered; Workshops to discuss the Socio-Cultural Studies of ST Reserved Constituencies were held at the Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh on the following dates:

Four tribal artists visited Jaipur for a week from 29th September 2015 on invitation of Mr. D. R. Mehta, former Governor of Reserve Bank.

A three day national seminar on “Indigneous Languages: Survival of the Oral in the Digital Future” was held jointly by Bhasha Research Centre and the India International Centre-Asia Project at IIC Delhi from 22nd to 24th September 2015. Nearly 60 scholars from across India participated in the seminar. Presentations were made on the following: key issues related to language diversity in South Asia; Himalayan Languages; Orality, North-East Language Situation; Language and Speech Communities; Languages in South India; Indigenous Languages; Emerging Languages. A special session was devoted to the discussion of the PLSI.

Justice Hemant Gokhale, former Chief Justice of Madras and Allahabad High Courts and sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India, visited Tejgadh on 20 September 2015.

On 25 August 2015, a one day meeting of the Bhasha family was held at Tejgadh to discuss the responsibilities emerging from the stepping away of Prof. G. N. Devy and Prof. Surekha Devi from the Bhasha Centre.

A workshop on Multilingual Education was organised at the Adivasi Academy on 20 August and attended by Ms. Alaknanda Sanap and Aide et Action team.

A core committee meeting of Editors and publishers of PLSI series was held on 11 August 2015 at Baroda.

On 10 August 2016, a Function was held at the Palace Auditorium for announcement of Hindi PLSI Series. The Function was graced by Honourable Governorshri of Gujarat, Shri O. P. Kohli.

A one day discussion on the writings and activism of Prof. G. N. Devy was held under the title Amnesia, Aphasia, and the Margins: In Thought and Action, at Sarjan Art Gallery on 25 July 2015. Scholars and thinkers who participated were Dr. K K Chakravary, Prof. Kanji Patel, Prof. Rita Kothari, Dr. Prachi Khandeparkar, Shri Arun Jakhade, Prof. M. Sreenathan, Dr. Rupalee Burke, Dr. Ghanshyam Shah, Dr. Sadanand Menon, Prof. Avinash Pandey, Dr. Indranil Acharya, Prof. A.K. Singh and Prof. Rashmi Sahwney.

The Lakhara Artists Studio at the Adivasi Academy was inaugurated by Prof. G. N. Devy and Prof. Surekha Devi on 25 June 2015.

A Workshop to discuss and plan the Hindi PLSI Series was held at IGNOU from the 3 to 5 June 2015.

On 25 April 2015, the PLSI Continuity Committee held a one- day discussion in Baroda to discuss how the PLSI work would be continued in the years to come towards the revitalisation of Indian languages.

The announcement of Bharat Bhasha Lok Sarvekshan (Hindi Translation of 33 PLSI Volumes) was graced by the presence of Shri O. P. Kohli, Governershri of Gujarat on 10th August, 2015 at the Lukshmi Villas Palace, Vadodara.

Amnesia, Aphasia and the Margins: In Thought and Action – A symposium of scholars and experts to discuss the writings and activism of Prof. G. N. Devy was held on 25th July, 2015 at Sarjan Art Gallery in Vadodara, Gujarat.

Inauguration of Lakhara Studio at the Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh on 25th June, 2015.

PLSI Hindi Translation Workshop held in IGNOU, New Delhi on 4th and 5th June, 2015

Visit of M.L. Verma Tribal Training and Research Institute, Udaipur on 4th June, 2015 at the Adivasi Academy, Tejgadh to view initiatives, programs and activities on languages.

People’s Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) Continuity Committee held on 25th April, 2015.

Adivasi Academy in collaboration with Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi organized Tribal Arts workshop with artists from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Odisha from January to March, 2015.

The annual Kaleshwari Mela was held on 17th March, 2015 wherein artists, writers and performers from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Kutch participated.

Mahindra Finance Ltd. donated an ambulance to Bhasha and Adivasi Academy on 21 February, 2015.

Multilingual and Mother Tongue Education Training Workshop organized in collaboration with Hemendra Kothari Foundation were held with Ekalvya, Samavesh, Muskaan,Aide et Action (T.N.) Pratham and Indian Institute of Education (Pune), November-December, 2014.

Writer’s program conducted at Sarjan Art Gallery held in collaboration with Sahachariya and Bhasha in June 2014

The Adivasi Academy held Ethno-Music Workshops during February and May 2014. Artists from Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Uttarakhand participated in the workshops which were held to discuss and document the music traditions in these states.

A Visual Artists Workshop held from 4th to 9th May 2014 at the Adivasi Academy. The workshop had interactive sessions between traditional and urban artists from the fields of painting and sculpture. The workshop resulted in interactive practices of traditional and modern art forms.

Music Documentation of the state of Uttarakhand in May 2014

The Adivasi Academy and Budhan Theatre hosted a group of students from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences during April 2014 for exposure to tribal issues under their Rural Practicum programme.

A Translation workshop was held in Delhi, April 2014

Prof. Trilochan Das from the World Learning/School for International Training (SIT) with a group of six students under their India: Sustainable Development and Social Change program visited the Adivasi Academy during March-April 2014 for exposure to various socio-economic issues in the region.

A Consultation Meeting of the People’s Linguistic Survey of India was held at IGNOU on 19th-20th April 2014 for finalizing the remaining volumes.

A team from the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library visited Bhasha Centre from 25th to 28th March 2014 to collect historically significant documents for their archives.

In March 2014, The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) visited Bhasha to acquire Prof. Ganesh Devy’s all published works, unpublished manuscripts, personal correspondence with contemporaries and documents related to his work on language conservation and rights of Denotified communities and tribals. The documents running in 40,000 pages will be preserved at the NMML and available for access by scholars for posterity.

Prof. T. V. Kattimani, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak visited the Adivasi Academy along with a team of his faculty members and students on 22nd and 24th February 2014.

The annual Kaleshwari Mela instituted by Bhasha was held on 27th February 2014 at Panchmahals.

A discussion with the India Regional Co-ordinators of Aide-et-Action, on Multilingual Education and Devising ICT Material for use of teachers and children was held at the Adivasi Academy on 22nd and 24th February 2014.

Eminent Visitors visited Bhasha and Adivasi Academy during the last year

Prof. Geoffrey Davis, formerly Emeritus Professor of Anglophone Postcolonial Litreatures at the University of Aachen, Germany and a co-founder of Bhasha’s Chotro International Conference, was invited on a Senior Research Fellowship from 22 February to 7 March 2016. During his stay, Prof. Davis and Prof. Devy conceptualised a publication series on Indigenous Culture and Knowledge which will have scholars contributors from across the globe.

Ms. Denisa Uhliarova from Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, has affiliated with the Bhasha Centre/Adivasi Academy as a research associate for her doctoral research and field work for a year from 4 October 2015 to 15 September 2016. She has completed her Masters in social and cultural anthropology and is pursuing her doctoral studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies of Slovak Academy of Sciences, which is the research institute of Commenius University in Bratislava. Her area of research pertains to Adivasis of Gujarat.

Dr. David Fletcher from the Coady International Institute, Canada visited the Adivasi Academy on 1 April 2015.

Dr. Ivy Hansdak visited the Adivasi Academy on 17 July 2015.

Members of Tata Power, Mundra including Mr. Basu and Mr. Pradeep Ghosal visited Bhasha on 22 January 2016 to discuss potential development projects in Gujarat.

A team of ten students from MICA, Ahmedabad came on an exposure trip to the Adivasi Academy from 9 January to 12 January 2016.

Dr. Papia Sengupta from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, visited the Adivasi Academy for her field research on Adivasi languages from 10 January to 13 January 2016.

The Board of Directors of Shakun Polymers visited the Adivasi Academy on 31 January 2016.

Mr. Sachin Sachdeva, India Director of Paul Hamlyn Foundation visited Bhasha on 22 February 2016 to discuss tribal related issues and to explore ways of bringing together knowledge and social work with institutional representation.

A team of fifteen writers, community representatives and cultural activists from Adivasi Cultural Centre, Jharkhand visited the Adivasi Academy from 13 to 17 March 2016 for exposure and training.