Jamshedpur: A number of devotees on Friday paid obeisance to Pandit Raghunath Murmu, the inventor of Ol Chiki script of Santhali language at his monument in Odisha’s Dandbose village on the occasion of `Guru Darshan’.
Guru Darshan, an annual event observed before the full moon day, generally in the month of February, witnesses hordes of people from Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam and West Bengal paying homage at the memorial, which has been renovated by Tata Steel.
Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice-President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel, Biren Ramesh Bhuta, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel, Urmila Ekka, Honorary Secretary, Tribal Cultural Society, S.N. Nandi, Head-Water and Civil Infrastructure (CSR) along with other CSR staff also offered tributes to Pt. Raghunath Murmu on the occasion.
`Ol Chemet’, a book published by Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society for learning Santali was also released by Sunil Bhaskaran at a function. The book would cater to the beginner-level learners of the language. Apart from the Santali Aphabet, the book also features small poems to make the learning interesting and interactive.
The function also saw the release of another book Dhorom Dokan, which has a collection of Santal folktales. Terming Pt. Raghunath Murmu as an icon, Sunil Bhaskaran said, “He is a guru in the truest sense. His contribution to the Santhal community makes him a revered figure.”
Sunil Bhaskaran also spent some time at the hut where Pt. Raghunath Murmu used to pen his thoughts. The hut is in close vicinity to the memorial. Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society organizes a number of programmes to promote and preserve the rich cultural heritage of tribals in Jharkhand and Odisha, TCS officials said.