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Day-2 of Samvaad Witnesses In depth discussion on Tribal Culture & Identity

Jamshedpur, November 16, 2018

Cultural performances enthralled audiences at Gopal Maidan in the evening

The second day of Samvaad (A Tribal Conclave organised by Tata Steel) came alive with inspiring tales from Tribal youth narrating their personal journeys of empowerment achieved through dedicated effort, sacrifice and positive action.

The theme for Day 2 at Samvaad was Tribal culture and identity. Participants came together at the Tribal Culture Centre (TCC) for threadbare discussions on the theme of the day across sessions on 'Fostering a shared perspective on coming together for social change', 'Learning from incredible tales of collective struggle', 'Stories and experiences from participants on tribal culture and identity' and other engaging themes.  International tribes such as the Mauri tribe from New Zealand and Dani tribe from Indonesia also gave their perspective shared details about their journeys at relevant junctures in the discussions. The other sessions in the morning also included perspectives from change makers who stressed on the importance of continuing focus on the social and economic development of their communities and deliberated on solutions for common issues that tribal communities face on a day-to-day basis.

The evening air at Gopal Maidan resonated with the enthralling sound and sights of tribal musical instruments and dance. Performances included Boto Dance, a traditional wedding dance of Laddakh which is characterized by vibrant hues and use of traditional ornaments and attire, Kokkali Dance, a presentation by Kani tribe from God's Own Country-Kerala. Kokkali dance is an art form derived from the Kalarippayatt, performed during different auspicious occasions.

Other performances included Langkhon Phuja Mishawa from the Tea Tribes of Assam. This is a festive celebration performance in the month of Kati (October-November) where in young boys and girls dance with decorated bamboo sticks. It was followed by Barat Phuja Mishawa, again by the Tea Tribe of Assam wherein girls are worshipped.

Around 17 tribes of Jharkhand showcased their diversity and unity through the 'Colours of Jharkhand' performance which mesmerized the audiences. The amalgamation of dance performances by different tribal groups of Jharkhand showcased the cultural heritage of the state at its best.

The day also witnessed intense discussions as part of workshops that highlighted stories and experiences from participants on Tribal Culture and Identity. The session on learning from the incredible tales of collective struggle, sacrifice and success among tribal communities was also very engaging for the participants.

Highlights for tomorrow include handicrafts workshop, tribal healers workshop, tribal art and craft as well as tribal medicinal haat and exotic day menus from the various special food stalls. Most importantly, tomorrow will also see the launch of the much awaited launch of the one of its kind musical experience called 'Rhythms of the Earth' (ROTE)

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