Conclave on tribal identity to host over 2500 representatives from 150 tribes
Jamshedpur, Nov 14: Samvaad, one of the largest ecosystems on tribal identity enabled by Tata Steel Foundation, announces its tenth edition, beginning November 15, 2023, at Gopal Maidan. Unfolding to the traditional beat of 351 nagadas, dhols and musical instruments, this day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, the iconic tribal freedom fighter of Jharkhand.
The theme for Samvaad 2023 is – Walk with Me – recognising that the journey of ideas, individuals, and collectives from and amongst the tribes of India. The theme is aligned to the conversations and dialogues that have been unfolding at the Samvaad conclave over the past decade, and how they are poised to resolve the challenges that lie ahead, with shared wisdom, exchange of ideas and self-learning, said Sourav Roy, CEO, Tata Steel Foundation.
Addressing a press meet, Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari, Sourav Roy said, Samvaad is held at multiple locations and this year it is spread out across five locations – TSF Community Hall (RD Bhatta), Jamshedpur Nature Trail, Tribal Culture Centre, Gopal Maidan and Johar Haat. Gopal Maidan and Tribal Culture Centre are the main activity areas for Samvaad 2023. A cloud kitchen facility is being set up at the Johar Haat arena, in Prakriti Vihar, where food for home delivery will be prepared, and sent through Zomato, the official delivery partner. A healer’s workshop will be conducted at TSF community hall to offer a closer look at traditional healing practices. At the Jamshedpur Nature Trail, Samuday Ke Saath films screenings and workshop along with an immersive artisan workshop will be conducted.
In the run up to Samvaad 2023, the Tribal Identity team of the Tata Steel Foundation has been convening regional Samvaads, residencies with artisans and musicians, cinema-based dialogues, extensive on-ground mobilisation for fellowships and the Tribal Leadership Programme, allowing to meet old friends and new communities in the remotest parts of the country to build a rooted and representative discourse at Samvaad this year.
Roy further said that 350+ tribal changemakers from the Tribal Leadership Programme cohort from 100 tribal groups, 20 states, and 2 union territories (approximately) will join the Samvaad conclave to share real-life experiences which have shaped their journeys.
He informed that 42 stalls set up by 110 artisans will showcase 28 art forms from 37 tribal communities across India, along with workshops and sessions with experts from the field of handicrafts.
170 tribal healers will come together to offer treatments and medicines across 22 stalls, with an insight into the success stories.
140 home chefs from 37 tribes across 17 states of India will offer curated lunches in a fine-dining experience. This delectable tribal food will also be available on Zomato for a home delivery experience.
More than 50 musicians from 11 tribes from across 5 states of the country will collaborate to revel in original compositions in their highlight performance on November 17, 2023. Rhythms of the Earth (ROTE), an ensemble of musicians who met at the Samvaad conclave will launch five new original compositions at Samvaad 2023. Hornbill artistes will also join the ROTE ensemble to create a symphony, added Roy.