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Odisha Chief Minister has released 5 Edited Volumes of “Encyclopedia of Tribes in Odisha”

Bhubaneswar: 26/9/22:Odisha  Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today released 5 Edited Volumes of “Encyclopedia of Tribes in Odisha” published by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute and Odisha State Tribal Museum in the Museum complex.

Odisha is the only State till now to publish an Encyclopedia of all Tribes. All the five edited volumes contain 3800 pages and 418 research articles covering all the 62 Scheduled Tribe Communities and 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups.

Expressing happiness over such a rare and impressive publication, the Chief Minister said that this book will certainly be a great treasure and repository for all the academicians, researchers, policymakers and those interested to know about the tribal communities of the State, and also commended the work of the Institute.

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The 418 articles in the Encyclopaedia had been published in Adivasi journal and other publications over last six decades. This mammoth painstaking and commendable job of editing, compilation and republication has been carried out over a period of last 4 years by Prof. A.B. Ota, Director, SCSTRTI and his Consultant S.C. Mohanty.

The Chief Minister also visited the galleries of the museum and appreciated the newly added Projection Mapping Unit in the PVTG Museum.

It may be mentioned here that the tribal museum has a very rare type of collection of exquisite arts and crafts of tribal communities and is regarded as one of the best interactive ethnographic museums of the world. The interactive technologies used in this museum are outstanding. The Chief Minister inaugurated the Tribal Museum in 2001, and the second Museum in 2009, which is exclusively devoted to the PVTGs. The Museum was accorded Odisha State Tribal Museum status in 2018 by the Chief Minister.

Among others Minister ST & SC Development Jagannath Saraka, Chief Advisor to CMO Balakrishnan Principal Secretary Saswat Mishra and Director SCSTRTI & Odisha State Tribal Museum Prof. A.B.Ota were also present on the occasion.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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