About Samvaad

Samvaad, a platform for exchanging ideas and thoughts on tribalism in India, will complete its sixth year. Tribal communities from the length and breadth of the country and overseas have converged on this platform and taken the lead in initiating discourse on issues that govern them. Each edition of Samvaad has been a meeting ground for over 1,200 tribal artists, development practitioners, social activists and experts from different walks of life. Samvaad commemorates the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda and Jharkhand’s statehood day, on Nov 15.

The theme for Samvaad 2019 is "Tribalism Today", which recognises that the world today is changing at an unprecedented pace which is placing complex questions, redefining success and eliciting complicated societal responses across the world but there is limited understanding on what all of this means for tribal communities as well as an openness to seek answers to some of these dilemmas, which may actually rest with our tribes. The relevance and timeliness of the theme has been endorsed by more than 1,000 tribal women and men in the last few months.


Did you know?

  • The single largest platform backed by any corporate house, Samvaad draws over 1,200 tribal artists, scholars, thinkers, development practitioners and experts from other walks of life, annually.

  • Samvaad is fast growing as an eco-system for tribes’ dialogue, discussions, celebration and dissent.

  • Aspiring tribal youth leaders have been handpicked and nurtured at Tribal Leadership Programme (TLP), a crucial initiative in the Samvaad universe.

  • Samvaad has emerged as a platform where tribal thoughts and voices manifest in various forms –panel discussions, paper presentations, cultural performances and film screening.

  • Regional Samvaads organised in different parts of the country make Samvaad more participatory and broad-based.