Jamshedpur: The 4th day of Samvaad, a tribal conclave organized by Tata Steel, witnessed performances by tribal communities of different countries including Cameroon and South Africa.
Four tribes of South Africa-Swazi, Pedi, Xhosa and Zulu-came together to display and present dances. The main performance revolved around healers invoking the Nguni Spirits and connecting with the water, fire and land/sun spirits.
Earlier during the day, Tribal Culture Centre (TCC) saw young men and women from the Maram Naga tribe from Manipur perform their traditional dance showcasing the distinctive culture, custom and tradition. Tribal community performers from the Nilgiri and Western Ghats depicted the story of Ramayana through their performance-Mullu-Kurumba.
The Rabhas from Assam performed Farkanti to honour those who lost their lives in the battlefield. On the international front, participants from New Zealand performed Hakka dance which is a gesture of welcome and thanksgiving.
Today’s deliberations at TCC centered around the theme ‘Tribal Perspectives on Government and Development’ where in sessions on different issues like ‘Learning from incredible tales of collective struggle, sacrifice and success among tribal communities’, ‘stories and experiences from participants on governance and development’, ‘stories and experiences from participants on governance and development’ were held.
A special Munda-Manki experience sharing session organised at the TCC enlightened those present with tribal community perspectives on governance and development.
In the evening, Jamshedpur citizens thronged the Gopal Maidan Samvaad venue in large numbers and experienced the cultural extravaganza, while also sampling the delicious tribal cuisine on offer.
Visitors also flocked in large numbers to the tribal healing and handicraft stalls. It was heartening to see families take part in the event and enjoy themselves.
Members of Dhuruwa, Bonda and Saura tribe from Odisha performed their traditional dance while tribes from Assam showcased their culture through Chah Baganer Jhumoor (from tea tribes), to the cheer and appreciation of the audience present.
Rabha tribal community from Assam performed Dhawa dance which is performed as a ritual connected to warfare. Lodha tribe from West Bengal performed the dang Nritya.