About Samvaad

Samvaad, a platform for exchanging ideas and thoughts on tribalism in India, will complete its seventh year. Tribal communities from the length and breadth of the country and beyond 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 1,500 tribal artists, development practitioners and experts from different walks of life. Samvaad commemorates the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda and Jharkhand’s statehood day, on November 15.

This year the theme is ‘Coming together for Social Change’, which seeks to relook and relearn from the natural collectivization amongst tribes of India which we have seen happen through a) Social and cultural norms that organically create seamless societies, b) Groups that come together united by a common cause without any external frameworks, c) Groups that come together with the assistance of external stimuli like civil society, organisations, government schemes et al. This is particularly relevant in the alternate paradigms that have evolved in the last six months and will possibly continue in the near future.


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.