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Crossing boundaries, Samvaad 2017 goes international

Fourth edition of the tribal conclave to draw representatives from Australia, Canada, Kenya and Zimbabwe

Jamshedpur: A cultural collage with hues from India and abroad will take over Jamshedpur, from November 15-19, as it plays host to the fourth edition of Tata Steel’s tribal conclave – Samvaad. Samvaad coincides with Jharkhand’s Statehood Day and the birth anniversary of celebrated tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda. Since 2014, it has been providing tribes from across India with a platform for discussions and dissent as well as celebration of the tribal ethos.

This edition of Samvaad will draw tribal representatives internationally, from Australia, Canada, Kenya and Zimbabwe. The event will witness an exchange of thoughts on indigenous culture, heritage, arts and inheritance with the visiting guests and India’s very own tribal communities who will travel from the length and breadth of India. 103 tribes from 127 districts representing 21 Indian states will be converging at Samvaad 2017.

The theme for Samvaad 2017 is `Aspiration of Tribal Youth & Leadership for Future’. In keeping with the theme, 500 tribal youth will congregate at Jamshedpur. These young men and women representing 103 tribes would go through a structured leadership programme which will be imparted through a series of workshops that would be conducted by eminent subject matter experts at Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari. The young lot will be sharing their tales of transformation, struggles, sacrifices and successes. The likes of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, Padma Shri Shantha Sinha etc will delve deep in discussions with these youth to bring out the best in them, said, Biren Bhuta, Chief, Corporate Social Responsibility, Tata Steel.

Addressing a press conference at Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS), Bhuta said, the rich tradition of Samvaad being inaugurated amid the beating of Nagadas (kettle drums) will continue as the same will mark its inauguration at the Gopal Maidan. This venue will erupt in multifarious colours each evening, with cultural performances that will be staged by tribal artistes on all five days. Adding to the excitement at this venue will be a handicraft exhibition-cum-sale.

Basking in colourful cultures, this time, the visitors at Samvaad will also be able to catch some sporting action. Thanks to National Tribal Sports Festival, a new element added to the Samvaad, this year. The Festival at Gopal Maidan will feature four action-packed tribal sports—Naga Wrestling (Chakhesang tribe, Nagaland), Hambi Kepathu (Karbi tribe, Assam), Kati (Santhal tribe, Jharkhand and Odisha) and Sekkor (Ho tribe, Jharkhand).

Age-old medicines, on which tribal communities deeply rely on despite modern healthcare services, can be observed from close quarters at an exposition on tribal medicines at Gopal Maidan. Those looking for fulfilling their gastronomical urges, Tribal Food Festival at Samvaad would be the place to be. Facilitated by the Taj Group of Hotels, the Food Festival will dish out authentic tribal cuisines, Bhuta added.

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