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Cultural performances by indigenous communities regale audience on day 4 of Samvaad

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Jamshedpur, Nov 18: Day 4 of Samvaad 2022 witnessed cultural performances by indigenous communities of Kerala, Nagaland, Odisha, Kashmir, Meghalaya, Assam and Rajasthan.

Garo Tribe from Meghalaya presented Wangala dance. Ethnically Garos are a tribe of Tibeto-Burman linguistic family under Mongoloid racial stock. The Garos are the second largest tribe after the Khasis in Meghalaya. Wangala, a dance of 1000 drums, is performed during harvesting season.

Next performance was from Mavilan Tribe from Kerala who exhibited Mangalamkali dance. They had been hunters, food gatherers and followed shifting cultivation. They speak Tulu, a mix of Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.

Bagurumba, most significant and popular folk dance of the Bodo tribe from the state of Assam followed Mavilan.

Sahariya Tribe from Rajasthan performed Swang Nritya dance. The dance form is performed in village chowpals during the festival of Holi for about a month. The community organise themselves in groups and travel from village to village to perform the dance.

Gujjar Tribe from Kashmir regaled the audiences with performance of Gojri dance. The people of the nomadic Gujjar tribe reside in the plains in winter and move to the mountains in summer.

Kondh tribe from neighbouring Odisha performed Dalkhai dance. The Kondh is numerically the largest tribe of Odisha distributed in various pockets of southern Odisha. They received their name from the Telugu word Kondh meaning small Hill as they inhabited the high altitude hilly terrains of Odisha. They are agriculturists and they practise shifting cultivation on the hill tops and slopes as well as plough cultivation in valleys and plains. The people of the Kondh tribe believe in animism and their beliefs centre around nature.

Eastory, a folk music band from Nagaland concluded today’s cultural evening with a bang. Eastory as a musical group with the world unfolded tales from yonder – of battles won and lost, of love and heart breaks , of fun and frolic and of life from a simpler time.

Samvaad, a one-of-its kind pan-India tribal conclave organised by Tata Steel Foundation unfolded on November 15 with homage to Bir Birsa Munda, India’s most widely revered tribal icon. The inaugural function witnessed the reverberating beats of 501 nagadas and unveiling of the Jawa amid much fanfare.

Samvaad, a Signature Programme on Tribal Identity, is in its 9th edition this year, scheduled between November 15 to 19. Reconvening offline after the pandemic years, Samvaad 2022 is hosting over 2000 people representing about 200 tribes, including 27 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) from 23 states and 4 Union Territories. 

Final Day Highlights @Gopal Maidan, Bistupur

 Tribal Art & Handicrafts (9:30 AM-12:30 PM & 6:00 PM-9:00 PM)

 Tribal Healing Practices (9:30AM-1:00 PM & 3:00 PM-9:00 PM)

 Tribal Cuisine (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)

 Cultural Celebrations (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)

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