Samvaad 2022 concludes with the declaration of Samvaad Fellowships

Jamshedpur, November 19, 2022

`The coveted eight awardees this year aim to document & preserve the traditional knowledge of the people`

Samvaad Fellowships are announced on the closing day of Samvaad 2022, a tribal gathering enabled by the Tata Steel Foundation.

Details of this year’s winners are as follows:

  1. Mrs. Changam Wangsa. Changam is from the Wancho tribe of Arunachal Pradesh: Bachelor of Architecture, he is going to work Documentation and Revival of the Tsai (Lailung, Mai & Shoan), a musical form of the Wancho Tribe.” He believes that in this music lies history, cultural roots, traditions, nature, opportunities and these need to be preserved.
  2. Sir Kirat Brahma belonging to the Bodo tribe in Assam, holds a Diploma in Animation and Film Design from NID Ahmedabad. Through the fellowship, he wants to use animation as a tool to educate the community’s children about folklore, language, and securing the future and culture of the tribe. He will workTo make Boro Traditional Folk Rhymes animation.”
  3. Ms Rashida Kousar is from the Bhoto tribe of Ladakh. He has completed B.Sc. & wanted to revive traditional Balti food and serve delicious food and make it an attraction for tourists visiting the area. He the proposed research area is Study on Traditional Tribal Kitchen (Thab-tshang/Byan-sa) and ethnic food in Ladakh”.
  4. Arif Ali is currently taking grade 12thin Arts and his proposed research field is Gujjar women and their craft”. Through this fellowship, Arif wants to spread knowledge about the traditional crafts of the Van Gujjar people and preserve their crafts.
  5. Mrs. Inakali Assumi is from the Sumi Naga tribe of Assam. He wanted to contribute to India’s unique cultural diversity by preserving the rich cultural identity of Sümis and he would become Documenting the Disappearing Sümi Folk Songs.”
  6. Mrs. Sara Batool represents the Balti tribe in Ladakh. He thought that cultural contact and interaction between cultures had changed the cultural manifold of the Balti and that centuries-old rich and colorful tribal culture and traditions were on the verge of extinction. Conservation and preservation of the culture and traditions of these indigenous tribes is thus a necessity of the moment. He will work Preservation of Balti art, culture, traditions and language in Ladakh”.
  7. Ms Suman Purty belongs to the Ho tribe of Jharkhand. The proposed research field is Philosophical analysis and documentation of records of Ho tribal ritual chants.
  8. Mr Bholeshwar from the Banjara community in Odisha will do the work Preservation and Documentation of Folk Songs and Folk Dances of the Banjara Community in Kalahandi, Odisha.”

Samvaad Fellowship is an initiative started in 2017 that aspires to achieve one of the core goals of the ecosystem “to document and thereby, preserve bodies of knowledge and worldviews that are at risk of being obliterated”. The Fellowship envisions supporting initiatives/ideas that are aligned with the conservation of lesser known indigenous practices from vulnerable tribal cultures and are not part of a major conservation effort and are thus at risk of being lost.

Samvaad Fellowship, for the last 5 years, has a group of 30 people from 27 tribes and 13 states in India. This year, organizers received an outstanding 176 applications from 68 tribes from 22 states and 3 UT countries. These applications were scrutinized and evaluated internally and then 28 applications were sent to our jury members who evaluated them and based on their scores the best 18 submitted their projects in front of the jury. After two days of pitching, the jury has selected eight applicants. Distinguished jury members include Dr Sonam Wangchok, Founder, Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation, Dr Meenakshi Munda, Assistant Professor at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee University, Ranchi.

Last day Samvaad also witnessed cultural performances from the indigenous communities of Sikkim, Nagaland, West Bengal and Jharkhand at Gopal Maidan.

The Munda people of Jharkhand perform the Jadua and Gena dances. The Munda people are an Austroasiatic-speaking ethnic group in India. They mostly speak Mundari as their mother tongue. They are one of the largest scheduled tribes in India.

The Oraon people of West Bengal perform the Kadsa dance. Kadsa is a form of dance performed by women with earthen poles on their heads. These women carry decorated clay pots on their heads and perform various dance steps and perform various formations. The Oraons are a Dravidian ethnolinguistic group inhabiting the Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and Chhattisgarh. They mostly speak Kurukh as their mother tongue.

Next up was the Tamang tribe from the state of Sikkim who entertained the audience with the Damphu Dance, a fun, energetic and powerful sole dance. The Tamang people of Sikkim belong to the Tibeto-Burmese-speaking ethnic Community. 90% of Tamang’s population is Buddhist. The name of the Tamang tribe comes from the meaning of horse trader/warrior. They speak the Tamang language.

The next performance was the dance group Nagaland Warriors from Nagaland. The Nagaland Warriors crew pervades through the collective colors and vibrant elements of all 16 tribal regions of Nagaland and gives you a glimpse to inspire cultural sensibilities through folk instrumentals, folk songs, and folk dances.

Each individual member of the Warriors crew consists of the best Professional Performing Artists from Nagaland and dance trainers from Kohima Dance Studio who came together as a team formed in 2014 under the initiative of the Music and Fine Arts Task Force, Government of Nagaland.

Performed at the International Hornbill Music festival and countless Government events including concerts and shows as well as representing India to different parts of the country like Handshake concerts, Scotland, Europe, Bangkok, Korea, Israel and many more

The last performance of Samvaad 2022 will be Purple Fusion, a folk band from Nagaland. Purple Fusion is a band that plays Folk Fusion/World Music and mostly experimenting with traditional Dragon Folk Songs. It combines native ethnic music with western genres such as blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae and Rock to create a different and unique mix of music.

About Tata Steel Foundation:

Tata Steel Foundation (Yayasan), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Steel Limited, was established on 16 August 2016 pursuant to Article 8 of the Companies Act 2013. The foundation operates in 4,500 villages in the states of Jharkhand and Odisha through a 600-member team reaching over of one million people each year. The foundation focuses on creating shared solutions, with tribal and marginalized communities, to address their development challenges. During this co-creation process, the Foundation seeks to develop and implement a model of change that can be replicated on a national scale, enabling significant and lasting improvements in the well-being of the communities where the Company operates and embedding a community perspective in key business decisions.

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