jamshedpurOn Day – 3 of SAMVAAD, the evening began at the Gopal Maidan with a vibrant performance by the Sahariya tribe. It was followed by renowned Nagpuri folk singer Madhu Mansuri regaling the audience with his performance. His songs depicted Jharkhand’s beauty as a tribal and forest land, and how tribal communities can act together for a sustainable future. This lively performance mesmerized all present. This rhythmic singing was followed by the magic of Johny Huckle from Australia. His singing was inspiring and full of compassion. The applause from the audience showed the fan following he had.
The Sahariya Tribe of Rajasthan, performed a dance – drama event. The tribe which possesses rich cultural traditions, a paradigm of which is the Swang Nritya, had a group of about a dozen people who thrilled the audience with mimicry, acting, dialogues, songs and dance. Sequenced episodes of drama were punctuated by the singing of season specific folk songs like Langhuria, Fag and Rasia accompanied by folk instruments like Harmonium, Dholki, Nagri, Ginghra and Majhira. Swang Nritya is commonly performed at the time of the festival of colors – ‘Holi’ and unique to it is the use of pronounced body painting and masks. The tribal history was brought forth beautifully in the strokes of vibrant colours on the faces and bodies of the artists, and traditional headgear and costumes made from things garnered from the forest were also used. For the Sahariya tribe this is the most important dance form.
The second performance of the evening was by the LWRGI THEATRE GROUP from Kokrajhar, Assam. The main objective of the group is to articulate talent both physically and mentally, so that the youth & children can pay attention to cultural activities. They performed 4 traditional dances, beginning with the “DAOSRI DELAI”- which is one of the most significant and attractive art forms. The meaning of the Daosri is Myna bird and Delai means beautiful. Only girls perform this dance during weddings. Other dances were the Bagurumba Dance, BARDWI (BARDEI) SIKHLA and the DAHAL THUNGRI.
The next performance was from down south, by the Kudiya tribe from the state of Karnataka. They performed the Ooratekott Dance. It is a harvesting dance which lucidly depicts the importance of both men and women in the agricultural field. The Jamatia tribe from Tripura presented the Garia dance. This dance is an integral part of their culture and is performed by the community together almost on all auspicious occasions including at the time of New Year and during Harvesting. Next on the list was the Fag dance. In this dance, the people of the Baiga tribe dance for 13 days starting from the day of phag. The main instruments in this dance are the mandar, timki, and flute. This was followed by the Ghodi paithai dance which starts from the day of Dussehra, and continues till the end of December. This dance begins with songs of Dussehra followed by Var, Geet Khadi, Chadanu, Jhulani, Lahki, Karama . The main instrument remains the flute. All the men and women play thiski while dancing. Next came the Karma Dance from Madhya Pradesh with a rich cultural heritage of folk dance and folklore.
Earlier in the day, the schedule of activities at the Tribal Culture Centre was similar to the previous day though the deliberations were different. At the TCC the proceedings began with soul-searching and establishing the context for the day’s theme. This was followed by shared learnings from incredible tales of collective struggle, as well as the sacrifices and successes, among tribal communities. The theme for SAMVAAD during the current year was the topic during a shared perspective on ‘TRIBALISM TODAY’.
At the Gopal Maidan, Indian and international healers, were in conversation with experts from leading institutions on the issue of ‘Different systems of medicine and its relevance in today’s world’. The impact of technology on tradition and age-old craft was discussed by Artisans and experts besides other contemporary subjects. The experience of the struggles and successes that define TRIBALISM TODAY were detailed at the Experience Wall. Visitors also had a chance to have an immersive journey of the 40 handicraft and 20 healers’ outlets at the venue.
Coming Highlights of Day#4 of Samvaad:
November 18, 2019
- Community Visit and Culinary Workshop
- Curated Tribal delicacies
- Tribal Art & Craft
- Tribal Medicinal Haat
- Tom Murmu and his tribal anthem, along with performers from other tribal communities