Samvaad - A Tribal Conclave, is Tata Steel's Tribal Cultural Society’s initiative that seeks to revive, preserve and promote tribal culture.

Committed to preserving and promoting tribal culture, Samvaad 2016 will be inaugurated on November 15 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda, the iconic tribal freedom fighter, and the Statehood Day of Jharkhand.

The conclave offers a platform for the cause of tribals in India and sees active participation from tribals, thought leaders, activists from more than 40 different tribes from across 19 states in the country. 

Samvaad 2016 will welcome a variety of tribes from all over India to participate in Cultural Performances, Handicrafts Exhibition, Panel Discussions, Film Screenings and more. 

event schedule

  • Time
    November 15, 2016 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Inauguration followed by Cultural Performances
    Ganesh Puja Maidan, Kadma
  • November 16-19, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Film Screenings
    Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari
  • November 16-19, 2016 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Panel Discussions
    Tribal Culture Centre, Sonari
    Panel Discussion themes
    Tribal Health Systems Tribal Perspective on Development
  • November 16-19, 2016 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
    Cultural Performances
    Ganesh Puja Maidan, Kadma

    Including a Tribal Fashion Show
  • November 16-19, 2016 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
    Handicrafts Exhibition
    Ganesh Puja Maidan, Kadma
  • November 16-19, 2016 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
    Tribal Medicine Exposition
    Ganesh Puja Maidan, Kadma
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Samvaad 2016 at a glance

  • Cultural
  • Handicrafts
  • Panel
  • Film

Did you know?

  • The first tribal conclave, by an Indian corporate house, Samvaad commemorates the birth anniversary of tribal freedom fighter, Birsa Munda and the Statehood Day of Jharkhand.

  • Samvaad was organised for the first time in 2014 at Jamshedpur and was attended by 1500+ tribals from across India.

  • From ‘Amchi’ of Ladakh to ‘Hodopathy’ of Jharkhand and Odisha, tribal medicinal systems are as old as the soil itself.

  • The Asuras of Gumla district in Jharkhand are only about 10,500 in number. Predominantly engaged in crude iron manufacture, their products remain perpetually rust-free!

  • Six predominant pre-agricultural tribal communities abound in Andhra Pradesh of which the Chenchus, who live in the Nallamala forest, earn their livelihood by selling forest products.

  • Chhattisgarh has 30 tribal communities and 5 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) – Birhor, Paharkowa, Baiga, Kamar and Abujmaria.

  • The Abujmaria tribe from Chhattisgarh derives its name from ‘abujh’ meaning ‘unknown’ and ‘mar’ meaning ‘mountains’. So these are the people of the unknown mountains.

  • A need-based and not greed-based economy is the tribal mantra of subsistence.

  • Ladakh is a malaria and tetanus-free zone, while Odisha and the North-East states have solutions for malaria, typhoid and whooping cough.

  • Santhali, along with Bodo are the two tribal languages recognised by the Constitution of India.

  • With 81 lakh tribal people; 62 tribal groups and 13 primitive tribes; 23.12% of Odisha’s total population are tribals.

  • Odisha formerly had 40 tribal languages, however, currently; there are only 20 languages that have survived the ravages of time.