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Tribal leader translates Tagore's Gitanjali into Santhali

Ranchi: To popularise Santhali language after its adoption in the Eight Schedule, tribal leader Surya Singh Besra has translated Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali into Santhali language and was asked to send the script to Vishwa Bharati University for approval and publication, hundred years after the original work was composed by the nobel laureate. 

"Dr Ram Kumar Mukhopadhya, Chairman of Vishwa Bharati’s Granthana Department today asked me to send a request letter along with the script so that it could be put up before a committee for approval on its publication," Besra told PTI. 
The name of the translated work is Sereng Anjali, he said. "I first read out the translated script at Santiniketan earlier this year when the university’s Santhali Department invited me to be the chief guest at a function, "Freshers Welcome." The Head of the Department, Dr Dukhia Murmu, appreciated the translated version," Besra added. 
One of the founder members of the All Jharkhand Students Union and later became an MLA from the Ghatsila assembly constituency in 1990, Besra said he used Bengali script to translate the great work into Santhali language. 
"The original work is on one side of the page and the translated version is on the other, and I used Bengali script to translate it into Santhali to get a wider readership, he said, adding the Santhali script, Olchiki, would be written once the present one is approved by the committee.
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