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Tata Steel Foundation signs MoU with TaFMA to promote tribal art & music

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Jamshedpur, Nov 18: Day 4 of Samvaad 2022 witnessed the signing of MoU between Tata Steel Foundation (TSF) and Task Force of Music and Arts (TaFMA). TaFMA caters and promotes ‘music & arts as an industry’ and gives a platform for growth and development of musicians and artists.

This was signed between Sourav Roy, (CEO-Tata Steel Foundation) and Dr. Hovithal Sothu (Project Director-TaFMA) and exchanged between  Theja Meru (Advisor-TaFMA) and Roy.

TSF is partnering with TaFMA to support initiatives by each other and help in the development, promotion and protection of tribal music and art and to create an environment of cross-cultural exchange. It conducts events like Hornbill International Rock Festival, music competitions in all districts of Nagaland, training in music and sound engineering for aspiring Naga musicians, workshops and seminars for skill up-gradation and motivation of musicians, workshop and training on event planning and management, fundraising events for noble causes, etc.

TSF and TaFMA will consider exchange programs and mutual participation in Hornbill Festival and Samvaad while also exploring joint experimental sessions and training programs for the artists. They will also keenly explore ways to share knowledge and good practices to help and promote each other’s activities, craft, and culture. Both the partners will join hands to preserve, promote and nurture music and arts of the indigenous communities. The partnership is of 3 years initially.

“Nagaland is a culturally vibrant state and their thinking on culture is very strong. It was an obvious choice for Samvaad to collaborate with Hornbill as being a part of the festival is as aspiration for many. We have a network of tribal artistes that spreads across the country and collaboration will ensure that people for whom the stage matters get their platform,” said Sourav Roy, CEO, Tata Steel Foundation.

A memorandum of understanding was also signed between Samvaad and the Indian Music Experience Museum in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Together under the aegis of the Samvaad program, a tribal music experience hall will be built at the Indian Music Experience Museum. The building of this hall is projected to take 6 months to build and will be a permanent exhibition of the Museum. 

The day also saw the release of a dictionary in Santhali language, books like ‘Van Gujjari Kahaniyan’, ‘Oraon Sanskriti Evam Kala: Ek Jhalak’ and ‘Sedan-Rising Sun’ besides signing of another MoU with TaFMA.

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