Tribal artistes practise the nagara on the eve of World Indigenous Day at Birsa Munda Football Stadium in Morabadi, Ranchi, on Thursday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Indigenous Jharkhand, with its rustic charm and deep-rooted traditions, will be on display at Birsa Munda Football Stadium in Morabadi on Friday, when tribal artistes from all nooks and corners of the state will come together to showcase their talents.
Post-statehood, Jharkhand, which recently got a new government headed by JMM’s Hemant Soren, is holding a gala event in Ranchi for the first time to mark United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
World Indigenous Day is celebrated every year across the globe to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. The occasion also recognises the achievements and contributions that natives make to promote global issues such as the need to protect the environment.
Over 15,000 tribals have descended on the state capital for Friday’s grand celebrations, which is being organised by the state welfare department in collaboration with the art, culture, sport and youth affairs department.
They include over 500 artistes and villagers from tribal-dominated Dumka alone, touted as the home turf of the chief minister, who will inaugurate the programme.
Organisers are leaving no stone unturned to make the event a memorable one.
On Thursday, preparations were going on in full swing at the venue, which is being decked up for the occasion. Dressed in traditional Santhali attires, dancers practised on the huge stage that has been erected at the stadium.
Another stage has been put up, where VVIPs will sit and enjoy the programme.
Arrangements have also been made for display of different welfare projects meant for tribal groups. Over 20 kiosks have been set up for the purpose on Morabadi grounds outside the stadium.
“The heads of traditional tribal outfits like Manki-Munda, Parha-Raja, Doklo-Sohor and tribal panchayati raj representatives from different districts across the state have been invited to attend the programme,” state welfare secretary Rajiv Arun Ekka said.
Ekka added that the state government would felicitate men and women from tribal community, who are doing exemplary works in their fields, at the function.
The art and culture department too has set up kiosks to showcase tribal art.
“From ancient folk arts like menhirs and kohbar paintings to contemporary creations of our tribal artistes — everything will be on display at a huge pavilion. Selected works of some noted tribal artistes will be also seen,” said a sculptor, Dillip Toppo, who was overseeing preparations at the venue.
In a related development, former chief minister Arjun Munda will participate in the World Indigenous Day celebrations at Kudru village in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh.