Samvaad - A Tribal Conclave, is Tata Steel's Tribal Cultural Society’s initiative that seeks to revive, preserve and promote tribal culture.

Samvaad is a 4-day conclave that celebrates the tribal community. The event commemorates the birth anniversary of iconic tribal leader Birsa Munda, as well as the Foundation Day of the State of Jharkhand. This first-of-its-kind festival, organised by Tata Steel, will be held for the fourth consecutive year at Jamshedpur.

This year’s conclave – the theme of which is “Youth Leadership among Tribal Communities” – will showcase the heritage and culture of tribes from across India and, for the first time, around the world.

Samvaad 2017 at a glance

  • Group
  • Tribal Food
  • Tribal
  • Cultural
  • International
  • Handicrafts
  • Fashion

Did you know?

  • The first tribal conclave, by an Indian corporate house, Samvaad commemorates the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda and the Statehood Day of Jharkhand.

  • Samvaad was organised for the first time in 2014 at Jamshedpur and was attended by 1500+ tribals from across India.

  • From ‘Amchi’ of Ladakh to ‘Hodopathy’ of Jharkhand and Odisha, tribal medicinal systems are as old as the soil itself.

  • The Asuras of Gumla district in Jharkhand are only about 10,500 in number. Predominantly engaged in crude iron manufacture, their products remain perpetually rust-free!

  • Six predominant pre-agricultural tribal communities abound in Andhra Pradesh of which the Chenchus, who live in the Nallamala forest, earn their livelihood by selling forest products.

  • Chhattisgarh has 30 tribal communities and 5 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) – Birhor, Paharkowa, Baiga, Kamar and Abujmaria.

  • The Abujmaria tribe from Chhattisgarh derives its name from ‘abujh’ meaning ‘unknown’ and ‘mar’ meaning ‘mountains’. So these are the people of the unknown mountains.

  • A need-based and not greed-based economy is the tribal mantra of subsistence.

  • Ladakh is a malaria and tetanus-free zone, while Odisha and the North-East states have solutions for malaria, typhoid and whooping cough.

  • Santhali, along with Bodo are the two tribal languages recognised by the Constitution of India.

  • With 81 lakh tribal people; 62 tribal groups and 13 primitive tribes; 23.12% of Odisha’s total population are tribals.

  • Odisha formerly had 40 tribal languages, however, currently; there are only 20 languages that have survived the ravages of time.