1700 tribes from 25 states and 11 countries to participate
Jamshedpur, Nov. 14: The fifth edition of Samvaad, the Pan India Tribal Conclave promises to be bigger and better. Organised by Tata Steel from November 15-19 at Gopal Maidan and Tribal Cultural Centre, the annual outreach programme that celebrates tribalism across India and around the world will bring together over 1700 tribes from 25 states in India and 11 other countries.
‘The conclave will provide a platform for tribal people to share their stories, issues and knowledge. “The theme for this year’s conclave is ‘Coming Together for Social Change’ which was decided after meetings and discussions with more than one thousand people’, said Sourav Roy, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel.
Addressing a press conference at Tribal Cultural Centre in Sonari on Wednesday, Roy informed that 75 handicraft artisans would also be part of the five-day event, 45 stalls will be put up in different clusters including on traditional healing techniques.
He further said that 65 people from all over India would prepare their tribal cuisine. Moreover, 33 international guests are likely to visit the mega event while over 400 participants would be part of various traditional cultural troupes to showcase their cultural heritage at Gopal Maidan each evening across five days.
Samvaad is poised to celebrate tribal culture and explore an alternative perspective on development. While the mornings are reserved to understand some incredible stories of collective action, the evenings would be a one-of-its-kind celebration of tribal music, art, craft, cuisines and healing practices.
The continued confidence placed by tribal communities remains a source of inspiration.
“Handicraft workshop, tribal healers’ workshop, cooking class, tribal medicinal haat followed by evening soirees will be part of this five-day event. Tribal music and dance will add colour to the conclave”, added Roy.
The event will begin on November 15 evening with traditional welcome by Colours of Jharkhand to the beats of 101 nagaras after paying homage to Birsa Munda.
The visitors at Gopal Maidan would witness unparalleled showcase of tribal art and craft, and can meet with some of the outstanding practitioners of tribal medicinal forms, can fulfill their taste buds with best cuisine from the tribal world besides experiencing a rich musical and cultural heritage of tribal India.
Ahead of the main event that will held in Jamshedpur, regional editions of Samvaad were held earlier this year in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand wherein 720 members of India’s tribal communities spread over 19 states in India, participated.
Also present at the press meet were Jiren Topno, head, CSR, Tata Steel and Siddharth Borthamuli from Tata Steel corporate communication department.