The 3rd day of Samvaad saw dazzling performances by the indigenous community

Jamshedpur, November 17, 2022

~Visitors get hands-on experience of traditional healing practices and tribal skills~

The third day of Samvaad has Dapon (theater group of people with dwarfism) and Da Shugs captivate the audience with their performances.

The Dapon tribe of Assam performed a play called Kinu Kow. The Da-Shug band from Ladakh entertained the audience with folk rock performances. It is a music band that aims to preserve and revive Ladakh tribal folk music. Da’ in Ladakhi means sound and ‘Shugs’ means force or energy. The members are also founding members of the Musical Society of Ladakh (MSL). Their songs describe the beauty of the winter landscapes and the beautiful landscapes of Ladakh.

In Samvaad 2022, the Nakshatra Van model has been prepared to represent traditional knowledge and discover the original medicinal knowledge of traditional healers.

Sourav Roy, CEO, Tata Steel Foundation said “The healing techniques involved in tribal health practices include a range of holistic treatments that not only condition the body but also nourish spiritual well-being. At Samvaad, we aim to unite tribal healers and facilitate a platform for awareness creation and pave the way for tribal healing practices into today’s health system. Togetherness has asked to listen patiently to the basic conversations stemming from in the various sessions held on various aspects of tribal healing practices”.

Dazzling musical and cultural performances by indigenous communities of West Bengal, Ladakh, Gujarat, Assam, Telangana, Sikkim, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra engages devotees of tribal culture today on Day 3 of Samvaad on Gopal Maidan.

The Warli tribe of Maharashtra perform two forms of dance, the Ghor/Tipri and Gauri dance which are usually performed during Deepawali and Ganesh Chaturthi respectively. People from the community visit and invite guests to their homes and perform this dance to celebrate the occasion. Warli is famous for his paintings. They speak Warli, a dialect of Marathi. They worship nature.

As well as entertaining the audience were the Lepcha of Sikkim, who performed the Chyu Fasting folk dance depicting worship of mountains, hills and hillocks. According to the Lepchas Mayel-Lyang (Sikkim, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and the abode of the Lepchas) mountains, hills and hills have significant religious significance. The presentation shows the hard work of sowing and clearing the fields as the harvest ripens, celebrating success and abundant bounty.

A tribal group of Rathwa performs the colorful and energetic dance Rathwa-ni-gher usually performed during the Holi festival. The tribe is concentrated along the borders of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. This agricultural tribe has a tradition of worshiping their Kul-Devi.

Gond from Telangana performs the Dandari-Gusadi dance form which is usually performed during Deepawali and the post-harvest season. Raj Gond and Kolams belong to the northernmost district of Telangana. This festival transforms all of the Gond villages in northern Telangana into celebratory amphibious theaters during the festival.

The Siddhis of Gujarat perform the Dhamal, a unique sacred dance. Siddhis are an ethnic community belonging to the Junagarh district of Gujarat. They are also found in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Siddhis trace their origins back to Africa. Dhamal is a sacred dance unique to the Siddhi community that is traditionally performed to escape natural disasters (Badha as they say) such as drought, heavy rain or endemic. The men dyed their faces and wore clothes made of peacock leaves or feathers.

The Mahali tribe of West Bengal perform Jhumer dances and songs. The Mahali have traditionally fulfilled their demand for food mainly by selling items made of bamboo.

Samvaad, the only pan-Indian tribal conclave organized by the Tata Steel Foundation opened on Nov. 15 with tributes to Bir Birsa Munda, India’s most revered tribal icon. The inaugural function witnessed the echo of the 501 nagada beats and the opening of Jawa amidst much fanfare.

Samvaad, Signature Program on Tribal Identity, in its 9th edition this year, is scheduled between 15 to 19 November. Reconvened offline after the pandemic years, Samvaad 2022 hosts more than 2000 people representing around 200 tribes, including 27 Highly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) from 23 states and 4 Union Territories.

Day 4 Highlights @Gopal Maidan, Bistupur


Tribal Art & Handicraft (9:30am-12:30pm & 6:00pm-9:00pm)

Tribal Healing Practices (9:30am-1:00pm & 3:00pm-9:00pm)

Tribal Cuisine (6:00pm-9:00pm)

Cultural Celebration (18:00-21:00)

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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