NINE YEARS after it was launched, Samvaad is back as a space for tribal voices from across India and some other parts of the world. Between November 15 and 19, tribal people ( 2,500 from 100 tribes is the count) showed up in Jamshedpur, asserting their identities and concerns.
Speaking different languages and dressed in their own styles, they came together for a vibrant and colourful parade.
This Samvaad followed a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. The Tata Steel Foundation, organizer of the event, was active and in touch with tribal communities during the interlude, but an event was not possible.
It resumed this year with the old energy. From morning prayers and personal stories of courage and struggle to evenings reverberating with song and dance, Samvaad once again sought to be an open platform.
There were no curbs on the craftspeople, performers, musicians, healers and village activists who came. They pretty much spoke and did as they liked.
We showcase here some of the colour and spectacle of Samvaad captured in pictures shot for Civil Society by senior photographer Ashoke Chakraborty.
Everyone together to celebrate the
Adivasi way of life
The warrior dance of the Nagas
Paying homage to Birsa Munda, the freedom fighter, on the first day of Samvaad
A Santhal plays the sakhua at the inauguration
Munda tribesmen play the bher
The Sahariyas in an act filled with
antics and acrobatics
Dwarf performers from Assam with the message of inclusion
A shared moment
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