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Tata Steel announces 'Samvaad' - A Tribal Conclave

Jamshedpur, November 13, 2014
  • A 4-day festival to create value for the tribal communities
  • 2000 participants from all across the country to come together for the 4-day conclave
  • The festival marks the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, the flag bearer for Indian tribal heritage

Tata Steel, since inception, has endeavored for the welfare and growth of tribal communities in and around its areas of operation. In continuation with its commitment towards the indigenous society, Tata Steel will organise ‘Samvaad’, a 4-day conclave for tribal population in the steel city, Jamshedpur. Marking the birth anniversary of Shri Birsa Munda, the iconic tribal freedom fighter, Tata Steel’s Tribal Cultural Society will organise the pan-India tribal meet from November 15-18, 2014.

The one of its kind tribal conclave aims to bring together tribes from all across the country on a common platform, bring collective wisdom under one roof to stimulate a valuable exchange and cross-pollination of ideas; to document and hence, preserve a body of knowledge and a world view that runs the risk of being obliterated. The conclave will also focus on understanding the issues and angst of tribal communities and sensitize the non-tribal people, thereby creating empathy and understanding to remove prejudices. Panel discussions will be held to highlight models that have worked, solutions that can be migrated with emphasis on success stories of individuals and organisations that can inspire others and create a sense of hope and positivity.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Sunil Bhaskaran, Vice President, Corporate Services, Tata Steel said “It’s a moment of great pride for us at Tata Steel to organise Samvaad, the four-day conclave which aims at providing a platform to exchange thoughts, ideas and knowledge for our friends from different tribes in India. The 4-day 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”.

Mr T V Narendran, Managing Director, Tata Steel, India and SEA will inaugurate the Conclave at 5 pm on 15th November, 2014. Cultural performances by groups from Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Ladakh, Kerala, and Assam, to welcome the participants, will follow the inaugural ceremony.

Structure of the event: The event from November 16-18, 2014 has been structured into four sections:

  • Panel Discussions (9:30 am - 1:15 pm): In-depth discussions on themes of tribal importance like Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups, Tribal Livelihoods, Tribal perspective on development, Tribal Medicinal Systems, Tribes and Protection of Natural Habitat, Tribal Languages and Scripts and Tribal Women, among the invited panel members who are experts in their respective fields
  • Documentary Screenings (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm): Showcase of documentary films on culture, livelihood, habitat, and struggle of tribes by national award film makers
  • Cultural Performances (6:00 pm – 9:30 pm): 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.
  • Handicrafts Exhibition (10:00 am – 9:30 pm): Stalls of handicrafts from organizations, individuals and groups from across the country


About Tata Steel
Established in 1907 as Asia's first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel Group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of over 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA). It is now the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50 countries. The Tata Steel Group, with a turnover of US$ 24.81 billion in FY 14, has over 80,000 employees across five continents and is a Fortune 500 company. The Group’s vision is to be the world’s steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, its innovative approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. In 2008, Tata Steel India became the first integrated steel plant in the world, outside Japan, to be awarded the Deming Application Prize 2008 for excellence in Total Quality Management. In 2012, Tata Steel became the first integrated steel company in the world, outside Japan, to win the Deming Grand Prize 2012 instituted by the Japanese Union of Scientists and Engineers.