Revitalising a language

Kurukh is a tribal tongue that belongs to the Dravidian family

Kurukh, an endangered tribal language of the Dravidian family, is set to get a new lease of life in West Bengal. It is spoken by the Oraon tribal community.

“We are taking steps for the recognition of the Kurukh language of the Oraon community who live in Dooars [in north Bengal]… We are proud of our languages. We love and respect all languages,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. The language was given official status in the State last month.

Experts say that while most of the tribal languages in the State have their origins in the Austro-Asiatic and Tibeto-Barman families, Kurukh is an exception....................Read more


Source: The Hindu

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