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Santhali playwright Soren, and Tudu get the Akhra 2011 Sahitya Award in Jharkhand


Ranchi: in an annual award ceremony Santhali playwright Bhogla Soren and Boyha Bishwanath Tudu were today conferred the Akhra 2011 Sahitya Award by the by Jharkhand Bhasha Sahitya Sanskriti at Suchna Bhavan in Ranchi recently.

Jamshedpur resident Bhogla Soren’s Santhali play Rahi Rawan Kana won him the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2010. According to Soren ‘Love and its pangs and sorrows of displacement are my favourite topics’. Soren has written five plays, two essays, a novel and a book on Santhali songshe has also written two books in Hindi. In a statement Soren, said that the state government needs to make the tribal languages the medium of instruction in the state schools.

‘Tribal and regional languages are getting more and more isolated by the day, mostly due to state apathy. Getting teachers to teach Santhali children in their own mother tongue will go a long way in preventing school dropouts and in developing the language’ Soren said.

Bishwanath Tudu, (42), an officer with Life Insurance Corporation of India at Rourkela is also the recipient of the Pandit Raghunath Murmu Fellowship for his pioneering work in Santhali language. Tudu has written nine novels and 42 books, mostly children’s literature. This earned him the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2010from the Sahitya Akademi.

Tudu said ‘I began writing when I was just 18. My first novel Hai Ra Chando Likhon has been developed into a school textbook. Through my writings I tell people, especially children, not to be misled by superstitions and see things for themselves. I have written two books in Oriya too’.



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