1700 participants from 25 states and 11 countries in attendance
Jamshedpur, Nov 15: The 5th edition of Tata Steel’s Samvaad, the annual outreach programme that celebrates tribalism across India was inaugurated traditionally to the beats of 101 nagadas and unveiling of the Jawa at Gopal Maidan, steel city’s heart amid much fanfare, today.
The inauguration function began with homage to tribal icon Birsa Munda. Eminent personalities in the social development space including Baiju Murmu, Digambar Hansdah and Padma Shri Patricia Mukhim, R Balasubramaniam were present to grace the occasion besides the senior leadership of Tata Steel including Sanjiv Paul, Vice President, Safety, Health and Sustainability Tata Steel, Dr Petrus Blauwhoff, Independent Director Tata Steel, and others.
Samvaad, a unique and powerful platform created by Tata Steel’s Corporate Social Responsibility, seeks to provide a platform for discourse on tribalism in India in a move to bring leaders and members from tribal communities under one roof. Over the next four days, over 1700 participants representing 137 tribes and sub tribes from 25 states and 11 countries would come together to share their ideas, thoughts and perspectives on developmental challenges in India and beyond around the theme “Coming Together for Social Change”.
The event will witness an exchange of thoughts on critical issues affecting tribal communities in some or other way. They will mainly focus on ‘Tribal Culture and Identity’, ‘Land and Forest Rights for Tribal Communities’, Tribal Perspectives on Governance and Development’, ‘Peace Building and Conflict Resolution’. The deliberations will take place in the morning and day time at the Tribal Culture Centre (TCC) during the next four days after today’s inauguration.
Participants have come for Samvaad 2018 from states across the country including Nagaland, Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Tripura, Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Sikkim, Maharashtra, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
During the five-day event, around 230 participants from various tribal communities would showcase Tribal Healers’ workshop, Immersive Experience in Tribal Art and Craft, Tribal Medicinal Haat, Aaatithya – the Samvaad-Taj collaboration – among other. Moreover, 33 international guests are all set to visit the mega event while over 400 participants would be part of various traditional cultural troupes who would be showcasing their cultural heritage at Gopal Maidan each evening, all five days.
The visitors can also fulfill their taste buds by visiting the food stalls, which will serve traditional tribal cuisine items, mostly organic in nature. The inaugural evening was livened up with the performance of Bastar Band. The band presented indigenous music showcasing rich cultural heritage of tribals from central part of India. Karma dance was performed by the Kharia tribe of West Bengal.
Highlights of day two (November 16) of Samvaad include -Reflections: Contemplations, Traditional Prayer Ceremony, Theme for the Day, Stories and experiences, Fostering a shared perspective, Experts’ views and Tribal healers’ experience