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Samvaad 2018 concludes with deliberations on peace building and conflict resolution

Five-day conclave sees 1675 tribal community participants from 27 states and 17 countries

Jamshedpur: Samvaad 2018-A tribal Conclave organised by Tata Steel concluded on November 19 on a note of optimism and positive action reinforcing the theme of ‘Coming Together for Social Change’ with diverse tribal communities sharing their reaffirming their efforts to preserve their culture and identity while resolved to foster ‘peace building and conflict resolution’ through needed actions.

On the last day of Samvaad, tribal community members held in depth discussions on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution.

The deliberations at Tribal Culture Centre (TCC) revolved around the above mentioned theme. Participants shared their views how their respective families and community members have overcome conflicts in their home land. Amongst many others, tribal community members from the Jamatia tribe from Tripura shared the example of their traditional conflict resolution practices and the manner in which the same has been recognized officially as of 2017 and now documented as written laws.

On the last day at TCC, as many as seven Samvaad Fellowships were given to the youth leaders from five states for culture conservation projects ranging from documentation Devhali Bhili folktales, Oraon art, whistling village culture of Meghalaya and Kharam language, reviving the Morung culture to conservation of the indigenous practice of salt harvesting in Nagaland. The fellowship includes financial and mentoring support for a period of one year. The fellows of 2017 from Arunachal Pradesh, Gujrat and Kerala also presented their work updates regarding script finalization, primer development and dictionary and folksongs documentation of their tribes.

In a high point during the evening, young women and men drawn from amongst the participants at Samvaad 2018 delegates awed all present at ‘Incredible Trends’- a Tribal fashion Show. Participants from 32 tribes from India and 7 from foreign nations walked the ramp in traditional attire along with traditional artefacts.

The evening cultural extravaganza at Gopal Maidan saw a large turnout of visitors who thronged the stalls and had their fill of traditional cuisine on offer as well as visited the traditional healing and art and handicraft stalls for last minute purchases. The evening performances included Dhemsa dance, a unique dance performed by in groups by the Pardhan tribe from Telangana. The Kinnauri tribal community from Himachal Pradesh regaled the audience with their folk dance. Bhumij dance was performed by the tribals from West Bengal. Mulukurumba dance from tribal communities of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu also stole the show.

On the tribal sports front Samvaad 2018 saw participants take part in Khomlainai, the Bodo Traditional Wrestling game. This game is promoted by the Bodoland Indigenous Games Association which has been working for protection, preservation and promotion of all indigenous games of the region.

Summing up Samvaad 2018, Sourav Roy, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel said, “We are happy that the Samvaad ecosystem is growing from strength to strength. It is our endeavour to continue this association with tribal communities and provide this platform for meaningful discourse on development challenges. We thank our participants for their presence here. I also thank Jamshedpur for being wonderful hosts to our participants”.

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