India has a rich diversity of music traditions among its tribal and nomadic communities. These traditions are intricately connected with their social practices and belief systems. As a Centre of Excellence recognized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the Adivasi Academy has undertaken to create a 'Digital Corpus of Tribal Music for Conservation and Dissemination'. The corpus includes :

Adivasi Music of Gujarat and Chhatisgarh, available as interactive CDs

Toor Music CDs containing the Adivasi music of Gujarat and bordering areas of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan

Pratisaad, a music DVD containing adivasi songs rendered by eminent artist Prachi Dublay with adivasi artists

Bhartiya Adim Sangeet, a DVD of adivasi songs rendered by adivasi artists from various areas of Gujarat

Similarly, the music of Adivasi communities from Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Assam is available in the Vaacha's archives

An important addition to the Consortium and the Music collection is the book Adivasi Adim Chitrakala: Pithoro written by Naran Rathwa and Vikesh Rathwa. This is for the first time that two members of the Rathwa community have come forward to present the history, beliefs and ritual of the pithoro painting as practiced in the Chhotaudepur district.

To avail of any of the music DVDs or the Pithoro book, please write to