Jamshedpur, Nov 13: On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, the iconic tribal freedom fighter Tata Steel MD TV Narendran inaugurated a four-day conclave for tribal communities ‘Samvaad’ at Gopal Maidan on Saturday.
The pan-India tribal meet is organized by the company’s Tribal Cultural Society between November 15 and 18, 2014. Addressing the gathering at the inauguration ceremony Narendran said that the conclave is the demonstration of Tata’s 100 year old partnership with the community.
Thriving to make it an annual event MD said that every year on 15th November (Birsa Munda Jayanti) Tata Steel would be organizing national level tribal conclave at Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand apart from the conclave at Jamshedpur which would also be held every year.
“When JN Tata’s aides came to Jharkhand planning to set up the industry the people from the adivasi community welcomed them with open hands. Tata Steel also plans to take forward the tribal art, culture and people of the community for which further talks will be held with the Intellectuals of the community”, added TV Narendran.
MD further informed that as the government has made the spending on CSR mandatory, Tata Steel from a very long time has tried to take the tribal community forward.
On the occasion MD and VP Anand Sen also launched the calendar for 2015 depicting the photos of iconic tribal leaders and a separate calendar in Ol Chiki Script.
Earlier Biren Bhutta, Chief of CSR Tata Steel said that more than 1500 delegates of 40 tribal communities from all over India are part of the conclave.
He informed that the four-day conclave aims at providing a platform to exchange thoughts, ideas and knowledge for our friends from different tribes in India. The festival will bring various indigenous cultures under one umbrella and will help in creating one large community among them.
He further added, “the four day conclave will showcase various eminent tribal leaders engaging in panel discussions, screening of documentary films, cultural programs and exhibitions of handicrafts displaying the rich heritage of Indian tribes”.
Cultural Groups from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Kerela, Assam, Tripura, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Nagaland and Maharashtra will showcase traditional dance and music performances are part of the conclave, added Bhutta.
At the event PN Singh, Srimanti Sen, Ruchi Narendran and other company officials were present.