Girijana Vaibhavam, the book
Visakhapatnam: For the first time, a book whose content was primarily suggested by tribal students of Araku, has been compiled, written and published by two Vizagites, associated with tribal schools. A total of 238 tribal students from 39 villages had taken the survey regarding selection of subject matter for the book.
The 182-page book Girijana Vaibhavam features languages, culture and heritage belonging to north coastal Andhra tribes. Most of them belong to Araku region and inks details and unknown facets of their way of life, arts, environment, occupation, and achievement and so on.
The book will be formally launched on July 12 at Kothabalaguda GTWA Girls Residential School in Araku, around 4,000 copies will be distributed in schools in tribal regions.
The book covers a wide array of subjects from evolution of mankind, tribal roots, references to the communities of north coastal AP, their languages and lifestyle. It covers subjects such as construction of tribal huts, arts, food and drinks, costumes, musical instruments, dhimsa dance for different occasion, traditional dress and jewellery, flora and fauna, social norms and fabric.
It delves into education system applicable in the area, nature worship, agriculture, and medicinal plants and bee-keeping. It also mentions tribal achievers and famous inspirational tribal persons.
Authored by a heritage enthusiast and translator, B V Subba Rao, the well-researched book, has been the brainchild of heritage and education facilitator Jayshree Hatangadi, who is also the publisher. Currently, written in Telugu, the author intends to translate the book in English in the near future.
Elaborating on why the book was written, Hatangadi said, “Over the past several years, I have been interacting with tribal children of Araku mandal. I noticed that while these children were getting mainstream education, they were losing touch with their own rich adivasi heritage and culture. These children, as first generation school goers are spending more time in residential government schools, away from their homes and native surroundings. It has the distinct possibility of the thread of cultural continuity weakening and traditional knowledge being lost over time. I felt, it would benefit the children and teachers to have a reference book covering most aspects of their culture.”