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|Pt. Raghunath Murmu:
Pt. Raghunath Murmu, a resident of 'Dandabas' near Rairangpur of this district is said to be the father of 'Alchiki' Script. In 1925 by inventing this script he brought about a renaissance in Santali literature. From phonetic point of view this 'Alchiki' is suitable for Austric language and it is scientific.
The Santali literature, Pt. Raghunath Murmu has enriched the Santali literature with unfailing creations like Drama, Child literature, Poem, Arithmetic and Grammar using that 'Alchiki' language. The book 'Alchemed' like Madhu Barnabodha is very useful. Besides, 'Parsipaha' a book meant for the children is considered very very worth reading.
Biduchandan, Dalegodhan and Kherawal Veera studded with tribal song and dance are said to be three jewels of Santali literature 'Hital', 'Lakachar Serenja' based on tribal cultural renaissance are the valuable creations of that Pt. Raghunath Murmu.
The book 'Bakhera' written by him is the reflection of tribal religion. This book abounds in tribal hymns and verses. Apart from these, 'Ranala' the tribal grammar and 'Elakha Patan', the arithmetic books have earned him fame.
In 1939, Pt. Raghunath Murmu exhibited his hand made 'Alchiki' press in an exhibition at Baripada and he could impress the then Maharaja Pratap Chandra Bhanja Deo and in return he committed its implementation. Santali language, literature and script are widely acclaimed in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Assam. Pt. Murmu's dream has come true.[www.adibasxpo.com]
Last edited at 07:34, 13 June 2008 (UTC). Substituted at 05:26, 30 April 2016 (UTC)