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Seventh edition of Samvaad begins

Jamshedpur, November 15, 2020

~ The unique platform that celebrates tribalism will see participants from 23 states in India and 17 countries ~

Samvaad, a one-of-its kind pan-India tribal conclave organised by Tata Steel Foundation, kicked off today taking the conversations and celebrations onto digital platforms. The conclave began with paying homage to Bhagwan Birsa Munda, India’s mostly widely revered tribal icon, with his birth anniversary coinciding with the ceremony. T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, and Rejan Guria, of the active community voices at Khunti, Jharkhand, were present and formally declared the Conclave ‘open’.

Samvaad 2020 is into its seventh edition. The ongoing constraints on physical assembly and movement have compelled us to recalibrate the model for this year. We have come up with a format which should be effective and will take the dialogue to people across the world digitally. Samvaad as a platform allows all of us to collectively discover and define our larger purpose, create objectives and target outcomes which are pivoted around inclusivity,” said T V Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel.

This year, the conclave will witness participation of 3,000 people of 114 tribes from 23 states of India, 5 Union Territories and 17 countries including Sri Lanka, South Africa, Nepal, Kenya, Philippines, Thailand and Tanzania among others who will converge digitally.

The theme for this year is ‘Coming Together for Social Change’ representing a belief that there are inherent aspects of tribalism that places seamlessness as a core value of society, and valuable lessons in wonderful stories of tribal communities coming together to positively influence their core development challenges. In keeping with the essence and the theme of the seventh edition of Samvaad, respected leaders and elders from tribal and indigenous communities of India and beyond came together to set in motion the conclave.

The next four days will witness a cross-pollination of ideas among tribal women and men who will join online and celebrate the vibrant cultures of the different tribes. The many offshoots of Samvaad such as tribal handicraft, tribal film screenings, tribal cuisine and the cultural performances from various tribes that contribute significantly to the essence of Samvaad will bring the traditional practices and rich heritage to the common masses through its digital footprint which includes website (https://www.tatasteel.com/initiatives/samvaad/index.html) and the YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtyIjTKJAYEaMH3BkcHRVzw).

Chanakya Chaudhary, Vice President (Corporate Services), Tata Steel and Sourav Roy, Chief (Corporate Social Responsibility), Tata Steel, Dasmat Hansda, Jugsalai Torop Pargana, Traditional Santhal Governance System, East Singhbhum, Krishna Chandra Bodra, President, Adivasi Ho Samaj Mahasabha, West Singhbhum and Uttam Singh Sardar, Pradhan, traditional Bhumij governance system, Potkal, were present on the occasion.

The inaugural evening was curated to bring exclusive cultural performances from India and beyond to the people. On the occasion, two songs composed by Rhythms of the Earth (ROTE), the musical collaborative of Samvaad, were released.

The first song, Birsa Ker Raij (is a collaboration with eminent folk singer Padma Shri Mukund Nayak and is a tribute to Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Marking the 20th statehood day of Jharkhand, the second composition, Abua Disum Abua Raij (our land, our rule) takes inspiration from the slogan coined by Bhagwan Birsa Munda in the 19th century. Around 15 artistes from ROTE came together to create the compositions.

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, and is also an event that the tribal community and the citizens of Jamshedpur keenly look forward to each year. Samvaad encourages tribal communities to take the lead in initiating discourse on issues that govern their social sustenance and development.

About Tata Steel

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Tata Steel was recognised as DJSI steel sector leader in 2018 and has ranked fourth in the steel sector in 2019. Besides being a member of the worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.

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About Tata Steel Foundation

Tata Steel Foundation (the Foundation), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited, was incorporated on August 16, 2016 under Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013. The Foundation operates across 4,500 villages in the states of Jharkhand and Odisha through a 600-member team reaching over a million lives annually. The Foundation is focused upon co-creating solutions, with tribal and excluded communities, to address their development challenges. During this process of co- creation, the Foundation endeavours to develop and implement change models that are replicable at a national scale, enable significant and lasting betterment in the well-being of communities proximate to the Company’s operating locations and embed a societal perspective in key business decisions.

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel

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