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Core tribal issues come to fore on the second day of Samvaad

Jamshedpur, November 16, 2020

Workshops, conversations and cultural performances centered around tribal identity marked the second day of the ongoing Samvaad conclave.

As a part of the Action Research Collective, Dr. Ankur Sarin, Associate Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad and Padma Shri Sabarmatee, known for her contribution to the field of agriculture, came together to discuss grassroots action research on issues core to the tribal narrative as recognized by tribal communities

Experts and tribal leaders came together to recognize how traditional models of governance have worked during challenging times, to explore innovative ways of governance to bring communities together, and to understand sync between parallel governance systems in resolving crisis.

Indian and international healers reflected on altered circumstances in public health in line with the theme for this year ‘Coming Together for Social Change’.

Performances cutting across various parts of the country including Popir dance by the Galo tribe of Arunachal Pradesh in the North East to Dangi Bhil dance from Gujarat in the West, Tarpa dance by the Warlis of Maharashtra to Bhumij dance from Odisha stole the show. The most highlighted performances were by Tetseo sisters, vocal quartet, who brought alive the forgotten music of the Chakhesang Naga tribe of Nagaland and Johnny Huckle from Australia who performed ‘Spirit Man’ among other songs that spoke about the aboriginals and their resilience, epitomizing hope, equality and the eternal tribal spirit.

As a part of the film screenings, Samuday ke Saath, Ashok Veilou’s ‘Look At The Sky’ was screened. In conversation with eminent lawyer Rashmi Katyayan and rural development professional Shobha Tirkey discussed about tribal rights and its various perspectives in today’s world.

Samvaad also celebrated traditional cuisines of 16 tribes across 10 state with the dishes that were exclusively available for the people of Jamshedpur on online food aggregator platform Zomato since yesterday.

The Samvaad ecosystem has brought together more than 30,000 people from 117 tribes across 27 states of India and 18 countries in the last 6 years. The concept of regional Samvaad was initiated in 2016 with the objective of reaching out to more tribal communities in the hinterland and factor unheard voices therein.  

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