About adivaani

India is home to more than 84 million ‘Indigenous’ Peoples. Now, that’s an impressive figure and many a tribal would be overwhelmed by that number. But what else is known about us? An entry on the internet or a read in a book would throw up a stereotypical romanticized tribal lifestyle. More often than not we wonder if that is who we really are, is all that’s written about us really true.

Adivasis have a distinct socio-political and cultural identity that makes them unique as a self-sufficient community. Adivasi music, songs and dances have only been limited to the opening and closing ceremonies of government and civil society functions in schools, hospitals, colleges etc.

The history of Adivasi struggles and culture has always been written by others, i.e. by the mainstream historians. They have largely manipulated, ignored and even neglected the contributions of the Adivasi heroes in the freedom struggle of India.

The Adivasis hold on to their cultural and historical heritage with great pride, however no documentation of this rich legacy has been made by themselves.

In view of the current ‘modernisation’ and industrialisation in India, it is feared that in the near future many folk, ceremonial and other ritual art forms of the Adivasis will disappear, and it won’t be incorrect to state that the traditional oral forms of storytelling is an endangered intangible culture.


adivaani is a response to this situation.


Are we content with what’s been written about us by others? What can we turn to when we want to read, know and study about authentic Adivasi culture, history, folklores, heroes and literature?

We want to create a database of Adivasi writing for and by Adivasis. We want to document the oral forms of storytelling and folklores and tell our stories of struggles, exploitation and displacement in our words.

We seek the participation of Adivasi contemporary writers, poets and researchers and anyone who feels for the Adivasi cause to help, preserve and amplify the Adivasi voice, the adivaani.

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Our Logo Story

A note from February, 2014:

One of the geese looks to the past and one to the future and that’s what adivaani stands for in the present—we are trying to preserve ourselves and the deep and ancient roots that link us to our earth and our ancestors for generations to come. and one to the future and that’s what adivaani stands for in the present—we are trying to preserve ourselves and the deep and ancient roots that link us to our earth and our ancestors for generations to come.

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adivaani was registered as a Trust with the Additional Registrar of Assurances in Kolkata, West Bengal on July 19, 2012. Our Registration number is 4326.
adivaani is registered u/s 12AA (1)(b)(i) of the Income Tax Act 1961, and has the following tax exemptions:~ Approval under section 80G (5)(iv) of the Income Tax Act,1961 (50% exemption).



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  1. Notwithstanding,to heard someone about Tribals;to release information about it. Congratulat Indian Express for accessing.

  2. Good work…It gives me immense pleasure to see that Adivaani is taking an initiative to preserve our cultural heritage.I wish Adivaani will surely achieve it’s goal and help to flourish our society.

  3. I wanted to buy Gladson Dungdung’s ‘Whose Country Is It Any Way’. For that, I mailed on the e-mail address of adivaani, I called on the mobile number you have provided for ‘sales’, I messaged a number of times on the same number.. And I have not got any reply. What should I do? I stay in Pune

  4. We all are adivasis as we are downstream of the human race of hunters, next hunters and gatherers. The section of people who shifted for agriculture and later developed industry is no way superior to the other section who stayed as hunters and gatherers. The recent industrialization of last two and half century has dome unrecoverable damage to the environment with predicted end of human race in few centuries only. If we want to survive the expected 60,000 years as human race on earth we have to adopt and go back to the sustainable adivasi way of life and develop the forest, reduce energy consumption etc etc which appears now next to impossible
    Nakul Jana-098364 77465

  5. Attended the book release at Ranchi for Sylvan Tales: Stories from the Munda country.

    Enjoy knowing that Adivanni is choosing to provide a platform for both a voice of indigenous peoples and a place for all of us to connect to our own indigenous stories.


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