• Jharkhand showcases its rich ensemble of varied tribal art forms at the festival
28 October 2016, New Delhi: People of different indigenous Indian tribes have gathered together in the national capital to showcase their rich cultural and artistic heritage at the National Tribal Carnival which is also conducting workshops on issues and laws pertinent to the tribal communities.
The subject of discussion on the third day of the carnival was Forests Rights Act 2006 and its implementation.
FRA was enacted in 2006 to recognize and vest the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers who have been residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded.
Participants at the workshop discussed the implications of the Act on the tribal populations and agreed that the Act provided a historical law to protect dwellers from unlawful evictions.
The third day of the Carnival saw a rich display of the heritage of India’ diverse tribal populations, giving people a rare opportunity to experience the rich diversity of tribal art, craft, culture and cuisine. Food stalls selling culinary delights, masterpieces of arts and crafts made by tribal artists from various states are on display. In addition, culture programmes staged by tribal artists are showcasing the musical and dance art forms of tribals.
Jharkhand, home to one of India’s largest tribal populations, is a major participant at the carnival.
Jharkhand is showcasing various art forms at the event including Nagpuri, PYKA, Chauu, Samthali, Kharia, Karsha, Mundari. The state has a 140-strong troupe participating in this prestigious show. 3000 more artists of different tribes will be participating in the carnival. All the costumes for these artists have been designed by Jharcraft.
Mr Ashok Kumar Singh, Director Culture, Tourism Art and Culture, “The tribal populations of Jharkhand have a rich history and heritage including varied folk dance forms, art and handicrafts. This festival is an important occasion to highlight these rich art forms and showcase them to people outside the state. We need more such events to encourage tribals preserve their heritage”.
The Tribal Carnival is held every year. It is part of the government’s efforts to preserve, promote and showcase various facets of the tribal life. It aims to present the tribal culture, tradition, customs and skills before a national audience. It is an opportunity for tribal artists to reach out to the general public and explore the potential of their cultural offerings at a national level.