Gamit Dantkathao – By Fr Raymond Chauhan selected as text book at veer narmad south gujarat university -Surat for M.A.
The Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, Surat, has selected Gamit Dantkathao – by Fr. Raymund A. Chauhan sj,as text book for Semester 4, for the students for theMasters of Arts.(M.A-Gujarati) This book has been placed under the Gujarati Paper 18, Lok Sahitya – 2, so that the students get acquainted with the Folk Literature (Lok Sahitya).
Gamit Dantathao is a book of Gamit mythology. As part of his Gamit Research, Raymund collected, compiled and translated these myths from Gamit Language into Gujarati. It is a bilingual book in the sense that there are narrations of the myths into Gamit Language by the Gamit elders – both women and men and simultaneous translations of the myths into Gujarati by Raymund. There are altogether 19 myths orally narrated by the uneducated elders of the Gamit Tribe from Vyara and Songadh Talukas.
Dr. Ganesh Devi, the director of Basha Research and Publication Center, Baroda, who was conferred with a Padma Shree for his work with the languages of Indian on 26th January, 2014, had invited Raymund to present an assignment for publication in 1998 to a project “Indian Literature in Tribal Languages.” This was published in 2002 by the Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi. Hats off to Raymund for his great achievement! (Dr Roman Bhatia-Surat)