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Tribal conclave ‘Samvaad 2015’ from today, 40 tribes from 19 States to meet

Jamshedpur, Nov. 14: Following the success of the inaugural event last years, the Tribal Cultural Society of Tata Steel is organizing the second edition of ‘Samvaad 2015’- A Tribal Conclave.

Annual event for ethnic groups will see participation of 1,500 delegates from 40 tribes representing 19 States in the eight-day long conclave at Gopal Maidan and Centre for excellence from November 15-22, 2015.

“Photo gallery offering insights into the indigenous cultures, handicrafts exhibition and tribal delicacies will be some of the major draws of the conclave, besides cultural performances. Together with celebrating the vast tribal diversity of our country, this event commemorates the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, the iconic Indian tribal freedom fighter”, said Biren Bhutta, chief, CSR Tata Steel addressing a press conference at tribal cultural society on Saturday.

He informed that the emphasis for this year’s Samvaad is preservation, protection and promotion of tribal Languages, which is invariably a discerning topic in our country today. Samvaad aims to provide a common platform to stimulate valuable exchange and cross-pollination of aspects and issues that surround the Indian tribal culture and heritage.

This one-of-its-kind tribal conclave would therefore help in documenting and preserving a body of knowledge and formulate a world view on the tribal culture and language which run the risk of being obliterated, added Mr. Bhuta.
The conclave will be inaugurated by T V Narendran, managing director, Tata Steel India, and Mr Koushik Chatterjee, Group Executive Director (Finance & Corporate), on November 15.

Biren Bhutta further said, this year, a special panel with Padma Shri Ganesh Devy, founder director of Bhasha Research and Publication Center, Vadodara, and Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat; Dr. R. Balasubramanium, founder of the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement; Padma Shri Tulsi Munda, noted social activist and founder of Adivasi Vikas Samiti, Odisha; among others would discuss one of the most relevant subjects, “Has India failed its tribal communities?”

The pan-India tribal conclave will showcase cultural performances by ‘King of the Naga Folk Blues’, Guru Rewben Mashangva from the Tangkhul Naga tribe; hunting dance and songs by Gujarat’s Siddi tribes; warrior dances of the Ao and Sumi tribes of Nagaland, and so on.

A kaleidoscope of cultures will be witnessed at the conclave that will have hand-made exhibits demonstrating the ageless weaving skills of tribes like the Bodos, Gujars and Bakarwals tribes from Jammu & Kashmir, the Todas from Tamil Nadu, to name a few.

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