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Tata steel samvaad closure: On the last day of Samvaad, 10 tribal changemakers got Samvaad Fellowship, know what is the specialty of these changemakers, who were selected for fellowship.

Jamshedpur: The dialogue organized by Tata Steel Foundation has concluded. A total of 10 tribal changemakers were selected to pursue their research through the Samvaad Fellowship. More than 30,000 people participated in the five-day cultural conference at Gopal Maidan in Bishtupur, Jamshedpur. Samvad Fellowship, an initiative to nurture change-makers from various tribes of India, has shown concrete results manifested in the form of books, collectives and has come one step closer to the far-reaching goal of preserving and propagating tribal culture. This year, the jury held a five-day discussion and workshop to award Samvad Fellowship to 10 candidates. On this occasion, Saurav Roy, Chief Executive Officer, Tata Steel Foundation, said that Samvad 2023 has been special in many ways. We have forged significant collaborations and partnerships with individuals and organizations with similar ethos and vision. (Also read below)

There have been fruitful dialogues in handicraft workshops with experts from Okhai and other organizations, who have added great value to these conversations that emerged at Samvad 2023. Akhra was an impressive part, where the entire TLP group came together for the first time in their individual journey, making our tenth year exciting. The second cohort of musicians from the Hornbill Festival joined us in Samvad 2023, as we signed the MoU in 2022. We are happy to be associated with Kala Ghoda Association, which will celebrate its silver jubilee next year and on this special occasion we are excited to collaborate in such an event. The final day of Samvad 2023 was filled with cultural performances, which ended with the changemakers’ walk on the ramp. ,Read also below)

Ramp walkers have made a tangible impact in their respective villages over the years and have connected with us through Tribal Leadership Programme, Samvad Fellowship, Tribal Cuisine Collaboration and many other initiatives. The evening began with a performance by the Reang tribe of Tripura, who enthralled the audience with the Hojagiri dance form, which is performed during the new harvest season. The Bakarwal tribe of Kashmir performed the Mangu dance, a ritual to celebrate when goats go out to graze in the fields. The Korku tribe of Madhya Pradesh performed the Korku Gadali Susun dance, performed during major festivals.
He got Samvad Fellow 2023: (Also read below)

  • Ridhimson S. Pakwa, from the Panar community, a Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, will conduct a research-based study on the Ka-Chad Kutsnem music of the Panar community of his state.
  • Madhavi Uike Meravi from the Gond tribe of Madhya Pradesh, who presented a research paper on the impact of external influences on cultural lifestyle in traditional habitations of tribals at the Tribal Research Institute, Raipur. She wants to document the folk tales of Gond tribal communities to create children’s literature.
  • Saka Mashangwa, is a folk artist who has been performing across India for the last 15 years. He wants to document the Tingteila, a traditional musical instrument of the Tangkhul tribe of Manipur, which is almost extinct.
  • Santosh Pavra of the Bhil tribe of Maharashtra is a social activist who wants to preserve and promote the folk tales of the Bhil tribe.
  • W Wanglin, from the Konyak Naga tribe of Nagaland, has completed his M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. He wants to document and promote the indigenous sports of the Konyak Nagas.
  • Banshalang Mukhim, from the Khasi tribe of Meghalaya, is a folk musician by profession and the founder of Shaleam, an institute specializing in folk music. He wants to preserve and promote the Khasi wind musical instrument Tangmuri.
  • Binit Barla, who hails from the Munda tribe of Jharkhand, wants to work on the development of staff notation for the Mundari songs that developed in the Chhotanagpur region.
  • Dr. Sibdas Baski, from the Santhal tribe of Bengal, wants to work on identification, documentation and digitization of medicinal plants in West Bengal.
  • Pansy A. Jami of the Lotha Naga tribe of Nagaland wants to document the uses and benefits of fermented foods.
  • Madhusmita Majhi of the Gond tribe living in Odisha wants to promote Gondi proverbs to preserve their culture for future generations.
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