Halbi was the official language of Bastar State during the princely period.
On this 21st November, PhD in Bastar University, Shaheed Mahendra Karma University, Bastar, Jagdalpur Administrative Building, in the auditorium, under the Faculty of Arts, PhD in Hindi subject. The viva-voce test was completed after Akhilesh Kumar Tripathi, a research scholar registered in the course, completed the research work on the dissertation topic “Impact of other languages on Halbi dialect”. Mr. Tripathi did his research work, research director DrYogendra Motiwala, Assistant Professor, Government Danteshwari Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Jagdalpur directed research center completed in Government Indru Kenvat Girls College, Kanker District – North Bastar, Kanker (Chhattisgarh).
Akhilesh Kumar Tripathi, while giving a presentation on the Halbi dialect, said that the Halbi dialect, which held the position of the official language in princely state Bastar, has been existing as a contact dialect of the entire region, but at present it is affected by different dialects due to various reasons. Getting in the process though even in the present times, its form seems to be distorted.If the government-administration, educational institutions and social organizations do not pay attention to the protection and promotion of the Halbi dialect on priority basis, then this dialect will also be in danger in the same way as many other dialects of the region will either go out of circulation or become extinct or in any other competent dialect or language by merging, Halbi ended it’s existence. It is a significant fact that when a dialect dies, along with the dialect, living culture end along with the dialect.
At present, efforts are being made towards the conservation and promotion of Halbi dialect, although as much as possible efforts are being made by the government-administration, educational institutions, social organizations and individuals to uplift it, but more efforts have been made. Looks like you need to go. Apart from this, due to various other reasons, there is continuous contraction in the usage and expansion of Halbi dialect in the society. Therefore, it has become extremely important to study these reasons and especially to bind the writings of this dialect, because when the researcher started the work of collecting literature in this regard in university, college, library, museum or other places, in any way on this subject Found complete lack of research, articles etc only fragments could be found, which seems that the history of this dialect is also moving towards extinction. In the market also the availability of articles, books or any other type of research papers on this subject is negligible therefore, it appeared to the researcher that the condition of this popular, important and contact dialect of Bastar region, which existed as the official language of Bastar State before independence, is becoming very pathetic.
Professor Manoj Kumar Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor, Shaheed Mahendra Karma University, present on the occasion, wished the research scholar for his bright future. The Vice-Chancellor said that “the university has worked committed towards preserving and propagating the regional languages, dialects such as Dhurvi, Halbi, Gondi, Dorli, Bhatri etc., spoken in Bastar and other nearby areas, collecting words. Let’s take these regional dialects of Bastar division to their origin. The measure of origin and spirit should be kept alive fundamentally, the university is committed to it and is continuously working in this direction. During this program Dr. Vinod Kumar Pathak, Registrar, Dr. Yogendra Motiwala, Research – Director, , subject expert, Prof. Dr. Mrs. Shail Sharma, Assistant Professor Dr Anand Murti Mishra, Devcharan Gawde, Assistant Registrar, Keju Ram Thakur, Assistant Registrar, Dushyant Meshram, Assistant Grade-1 and other teachers, researchers and students were present.
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