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  • International Women Day Special


JAMMU: Expressing concern over the alarming  census data  released recently by Registrar General of India under Union Home Ministry , with regard to tribal women of Jammu and Kashmir,   wherein the Gujjar Bakrwal women figures at the bottom with Lowest literacy rate among the Schedule Tribe Women of  India and  J&K  State -the members of Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation today demanded extra ordinary   measure  to them pull them  out of the darkness of illiteracy and the ignorance associated with.


Dr. Javaid  Rahi Secretary of the Foundation today’s said that  the census data about tribal literacy-says the Gujjar-Bakrwal women which constitute 79.7% of total ST  women population of the state are at the bottom as 82.2%  of them are illiterate .  He said  a big chunk of Gujjars- Bakrwal women are suppressed  and are facing the brunt of  neglect , exploitation and ignorance  due to low literacy rate.


He was speaking in a programme organized  in connection with “International Women Day” with members of TRCF. He said  the  recent data released by Government of India is very  distressing wherein   Gujjar- Bakarwal women is figured below to Tribal women of India and the State of Jammu and Kashmir as per illiteracy rate of Tribal Women at National Level which is   50.35% and in the state of  J&K 68.02%  tribal women are illiterate.


He said as per the data of RGI other Tribal women of India are also low literate adding that 68.6% women belonging to Sippi Tribe are illiterate ,68.48% of Gaddi, 59.21% of Changpa, 55.29 of Brokpa, 52.72, Purigpa , 51.47% Beda,50.21% Garra,  49.76 Balti, 47.68% Moon,  44.95% Bot tribes are illiterate.  The  other speakers stated that the Gujjar-Bakrwal  women of Jammu and Kashmir live in utter deprivation due to poverty, illiteracy , nomadic way of life, early marriage , superstitions, traditional neglect and lack of awareness about welfare schemes


The speakers said “These Gujjar women are not aware of their rights and schemes launched by the government for their education and social uplift as they live in far-flung and difficult areas and are nomads moving from one place to another,” The said a very few girls from the Ajjhari and Manjhi nomadic sub-tribes of Gujjars-Bakerwals were sent to school, and there is a very high dropout percentage due to compelling economic or domestic reasons and early marriages. They said  TRCF will submit a memorandum to J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and Tribal Affairs Minister Ch. Zulfkar Chowdhary  with the request to devise special plan for Educational Development of Gujjar- Bakrawal women.

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JAMMU: Lalded women welfare society (Regd) & Ek Smaan Munch staged a dogri play namely “Apne Talle Apni Boli” on 8.03.2015 at Janipur, Jammu in line to its Saturday series in which changing trend of culture & language of local people was highlighted. The play was decently performed that how our youngsters are forgetting mother tongue and perusing the western fashion becoming a challenge to our rich tradition & culture.

This play is conceived & written by Rampaul & directed by Naveen Pal. The story opens with Nattu who is a college student and he is always happy with his friends, he prefers to speak in  English or other language  to show advancement  neglecting mother tongue/ local language which was being viewed seriously by their family members Nattu like to wear western dresses to look attractive & modern and to leave impression on other of different kind in the college.

This  atticates  displeasing to his  parents who are always speaking  in local language  and wearing simple  dress. “Nattu” becoming puzzle that what to do and advising alike to him as there is  always debate open at home that “Nattu”  has come under influence of western culture and how he will sustain in the  society as he has no command over his mother tongue & putting odd dress.

Nattu is in fix where to go and what to do with the situation. “Nattu” was being laughed at by their own family on his broken language. One day his uncle “Ramu” visited his residence and explained after listening that whole story that the relevance of mother tongue / local language & dress code may be properly understood & followed to preserve our identity. He further told if we wear odd dress & speak English / other language, we should be misunderstood by the outsider and people will keep distance from us in which long gap will be developed.

He further told  that local language & culture connect us  with other people and we can understand their every things straight way. English/ other language may be used on need basis. We need to teach our children for our rich tradition culture etc so that our   language/ culture / dress code  may be maintained.


On this occasion Sh. M.P Gupta (Pawan) National Media (State President) was present who appreciated the actors and efforts of the organization spreading social awareness among the masses by picking up local issues of public importance. Sh. Rampaul (writer/singer/social activist & coordinator to LWWS) was given men to by Sh. MP Gupta (Pawan) & also to Naveen pal (Actor /Director) for their excellent performance. However Smt. Santosh Basotra organized the play with Barkha Thakur , Anju Sanotra & Sonu. The audience appreciated the play.

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JAMMU: Natraj Natya Kunj, Cultural Society, Jammu (Regd) concluded month long  Folk Theatre Workshop here in Studio Ranglok, Bakshi Nagar, Jammu. In this Workshop participants were given guidance about Theatre Ethics, Theatre Idioms and creation of visuals. Financial assistance for this Workshop was provided by Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

With the support of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi, Natraj Natya Kunj, provided a platform to young energetic youth of Jammu who wanted to earn knowledge of Theatre. Vetran writer and Director Kumar A ‘Bharti’, Dr.Sudhir Mahajan, Garu Ram, Waryam Samrat, Abhishek Bharti, Pt. Makhan Lal delievered their lecture, demonstrations and  shared their experience with the young aspirants which they have earned in their life. Students created visuals and symbolical images with use of body theatre. Kumar A ‘Bharti’ stressed on the importance of folk theatre and said that young generation must know their roots, our rituals and Dogra Culture.

 Dr. Sudhir Mahajan said during their lecture that our folk trends should be preserved and it is high time that we should be serious about our folk forms.Mr. Makhan Lal appreciated that in hard situation folk performers are saving these art forms which are dying . He said that our folk forms need attention from concerned departments and they must be protected.

Abhishek bharti gave the guidance about body movements and traditional masks which we use in our folk theatre. He also shows the process of mask making and guided them which kind of material we can use in mask making. Manoj Dhamir Shammi gave tips on make-up particularly of traditional folk artists do at the time of their performance. How they use raw material and simple things to create traditional effect.

President Natraj Natya Kunj, Cultural Society, Jammu® louded the support of SangeetNatak Akademi, New Delhi and thanked them for providing financial assistance and hope in near future such support should be released so we can extend our efforts to conduct workshops in rural areas with folk artists of that areas.