Kumram Bheem Asifabad: A research paper on Nagoba was adjudged the best presentation at an international conference. Thirupathi, a PhD scholar at Osmania University, presented the paper during the three-day long international conference on ‘Voices Unheard: Indigenous and Tribal Literature in English Literature and English Translation,’ hosted by Osmania University Centre for International Programme from March 22 to 24.
Hailing from Chintalamanepalli mandal in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district, Thirupathi is pursuing PhD in English at the Department of English, Osmania University. He told Telangana Today that his paper was selected as the best presentation at the global conference. He thanked his guide and teachers for encouraging him to make a presentation on the famous religious and cultural affair of members of Raj Gond Mesram clan, Nagoba.
In the abstract of the paper, the scholar opined that Nagoba festival is a perfect harmonious man-environment relationship exhibited lively. It aimed to highlight the primitive community’s vibrant religious and cultural carnival that gives nostalgia of their ancestors who have preserved the myths and stories of Gonds in the oral tradition over the centuries, he added.
As many as 170 research papers belonging to six countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Africa, Srilanka, Canada were presented. The chief guest of the event was K Bhupal Reddy, registrar of the varsity, while Monika Setia was the guest of honor. Dr Christina Nichol, Nehur-Fulbright Fellow of USA, was the keynote speaker. Prof A Karunaker presided over the function.