Ranchi (By our correspondent): The fifth edition of Tata Steel promoted Samvaad 2018 which is a platform designed for exchanging
thoughts on tribalism in the country will be held from November 15-19 at Gopal Maidan in Jamshedpur with the theme of this year being ‘Coming together for Social Change’.
In an interaction with the press Head CSR Tata Steel Sourav Rai said that in the programme a total of 1400 participants including those from 17 states and 12 nation’s abroad would be participating. He said that tribal communities from the length and breadth of the country and abroad have converged on this ‘neutral’ platform and discussed the main issues being faced by the community and said that the event acts as a meeting ground for tribal artists, development practitioners, social activists and experts from different walks of life.
He said that during the five-day programme which would be inaugurated on November 15 on each of subsequent days discussion would be held on a particular theme in the day while in the evening cultural programmes would be held. Mr. Rai said that other added attraction of the event would be the tribal cuisine, tribal dance forms and music while people would also get to meet the tribal healers. He said that at the venue more than 60 stalls would be set up where products manufactured by the tribal artisans and handicraft makers will be sold.
He said that the event is also highly popular among the people of Jamshedpur with more than 5,000 visitors coming to the venue while on the weekends it is expected just double. Mr. Rai said that this year event would also witness the performance of the Bastar Band. He said that Samvaad has emerged as a platform where tribals thoughts and voices manifest in various forms including panel discussions, paper presentations, cultural performances and film screening. Prior to the main event, the CSR team held regional samvaads at six places in the country including Odisha (Gajapati), Tamil Nadu(Madurai), Rajasthan (Udaipur) , Nagaland (Dimapur) Chhattisgarh (Raipur) and Jharkhand (Ranchi).