2023 OCT 4
Art and Culture > Miscellaneous > Tribal affairs
Why in news?
- A dictionary titled “Toto Shabda Sangraha” is set to be released with the aim of preserving the Toto language.
About Toto Shabda Sangraha
- The trilingual dictionary will translate Toto words into Bengali and English, making it accessible to a wider audience, as the Toto script is still in its early stages of development, and the tribe is more familiar with the Bengali script.
About Toto language
- Toto is a Sino-Tibetan language. It is primarily spoken orally and is currently written in the Bengali script.
- It is spoken by barely 1,600 people living in parts of West Bengal bordering Bhutan.
- It is listed as a critically endangered language by UNESCO.
About Toto people
- The Toto is a primitive and isolated tribal group residing only in a small enclave called Totopara in the Jalpaiguri of West Bengal, India.
- The total population of Totos is less than 2000 according to the 2001 census, all living in Totopara.
- The Totos are considered Mongoloid people.
With reference to India, the terms ‘Toto, Kui and Santali’ pertain to?
(a) Tribal languages
(b) Musical instruments
(c) Pre-historic cave paintings
(d) Dance forms of Northwest India