|Born||Taj Khan Kalash
Bumburet, Kalasha Desh, Pakistan
|Alma mater||Edwardes College (B.A.)
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (B.A.)
Central European University (M.A.)
Tach Sharakat Kalash (born Taj Kalas) belongs to an endangered Indigenous culture and language community Kalasha (Kafirs of Hindu Kush) living in the wilderness of Hindu Kush Mountains in the Chitral district of Pakistan. Kalasha are the last remaining pagan tribe numbering 4000 people speaking the ancient Indo-Aryan language Kalasha-mondr besides practicing a polytheistic ancestral belief system and Pre-Islamic culture dating back to 3000 B.C.
Tach is one of the first literates among Kalasha People to have received BA in Political science & Law at Edwardes College Peshawar Pakistan, a 2nd BA in English Literature & Linguistics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and MA Human Rights from Central European University Budapest, Hungary.
Tach has made first Kalasha indigenous documentary film Kalasha about his people as part of anthropological documentation and advocacy for Kalasha people's linguistic rights in education and cultural autonomy. He is also writer of first hand report on "Kalasha Mythology, herbs & Shamanic practices". Tach has been a spokesman for Kalasha with his exceptional linguistic skills speaking four Asiatic and three European languages besides his mother tongue.
Working in close collaboration with various international researchers and linguists Taj organized first Kalasha Orthography Conference 2000 in Islamabad, Pakistan. In 2004 he was able to raise funds to publish first alphabet book of Kalasha language based on Roman script designed by an Australian linguist Gregory R. Cooper.
Tach's struggles for survival & development of Kalasha language are featured in a recent documentary film called The Alphabet Book produced by Pattern films. He is currently working on developing Kalasha Literacy Project that involves documentation of Kalash language and Oral historical data by compilation of textbooks and literacy materials in Kalasha language.
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- "Kalasha". 5th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. March 3, 2003. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- "Orthography Conference". Kalasha. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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