Jamshedpur, Nov 20: The final day of Samvaad 2023 was marked by cultural performances which ended with a changemakers’ walk on the ramp. Those who walked the ramp have made tangible impact in their respective villages over the years and joined us through various initiatives like the Tribal Leadership Programme, Samvaad Fellowship, Tribal Cuisine collaborations and more. The evening began with performances from the Reang tribe of Tripura who engaged the audience in Hozagiri dance form, which is performed during the new harvest season. The Bakarwal tribe from Kashmir performed the Mangoo dance, which is a ritual of merry making when the goats go to graze in the fields. The Korku tribe from Madhya Pradesh, performed the Korku Gadali Susun dance which is performed during major festivals. The winners of the Samuday Ke Saath National Short Film Competition were also announced at Samvaad 2023. The first prize was awarded to Satish Munda, from Munda tribe, Jharkhand, for his film Jadugoda. The second prize was awarded to Chentai Khiamniungn, for his film Just Like Our Grandmothers, and the third prize was given to Mankap Nokwoham, from the Wancho tribe, for his film Rangrong ya Rangbi heeh.
Apart from signing the MoU with Kala Ghoda Association and collaborating with Titan on creating and launching the anticlockwise tribal clock, Samvaad 2023 saw a wave of activities. Two original compositions of Rhythms of the Earth (ROTE) ensemble were launched at Samvaad.
On the occasion, Sourav Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Steel Foundation said, “Samvaad 2023 has been special in many ways. We have had significant collaborations and partnerships with individuals and organisations who have similar ethos and vision. There has been consequential dialogue at the handicraft workshops with experts joining us from Okhai and other organisations who added great value to these conversations which unfolded at Samvaad 2023. Akhra was an impactful part, where for the first time the entire TLP cohort came together to usher in their personal journey, making our tenth year an exciting one. The second contingent of the musicians from Hornbill Festival joined us at Samvaad 2023, since we signed the MoU in 2022. We are happy to join forces with the Kala Ghoda Association who celebrate their silver jubilee next year and we are excited to collaborate at such a special time.”