Samvad 2017

“Even if words are lost, tradition should be handed down.”  – Makato Shinkai

Forgetting roots and dismissing heritage – nothing that’s new today. The advent of civilization also brings with it the threat of elimination of the past, and the eradication of ancient practices of the people from the land, often considered ‘uncivilized’. Yet, the very foundation of sustainability insists upon preserving the culture, heritage, and values of the natives – aspects that can actually help the new entrants understand the condition of the soil and the land, and respond accordingly, in order to reduce the damage created by such a movement.

Samvad 2017 Tata Steel

Samvad 2017 Tata Steel

Tata Steel’s Samvad made an attempt to benefit the tribes fighting for survival. A part of Tata Steel tries to help the tribal people preserve their heritage, their art, food, culture, and lifestyle, and increase awareness of the same by documenting them, in order for different tribes to co-mingle. Samvad 2017 in Jamshedpur attempted to congregate a number of semi-extinct tribes and showcased different aspects to increase awareness about the same. In due time, Taj Bengal, Kolkata, hosted a lunch featuring an array of tribal food that aimed at highlighting the kind of food the locals ate.

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So, I navigated through platters of rather comforting Simjil Leto (Chicken and rice cooked together) and different kinds of Pitha, bowls of tangy mud crab as well as red and chutney, and small spheres of mahua laddu, promising intoxication. A considerable amount of these ingredients were sourced by a group of tribal ladies who insisted on maintaining the authenticity of the dishes. The meal and the presentation was a revelation explaining to me the amount of work done by Tata Steel to improve the education, sports, livelihood, and other important elements of these people’s lives and that is definitely quite commendable.

Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was invited to sample the fare at Samvad 2017.

Written by Poorna Banerjee


  1. anshul 2017-12-20 at 6:21 am Reply

    Tata has always been ahead of its times since their time on inception. They keep coming up with these revolutionary ideas in the best interest of the society.

    • Poorna Banerjee 2017-12-20 at 9:44 am Reply

      Yes, they have!

  2. Lizzy Cambell 2017-12-19 at 2:05 pm Reply

    Love the quote at the beginning by Makato Shinkai. I believe tradition should be passed down through generations so they can connect to their past.

  3. Tashina 2017-12-19 at 3:13 am Reply

    This is great and the food looked fantastic. People often look forward and forget the past. I’m happy to see ancient cultural practices and recipes being honored, it’s beautiful.

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