Renowned folk artiste Mukund Nayak performs with others during the event in Ranchi on Saturday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
Ranchi, Aug. 9: Over 300 tribal artistes today showcased “indigenous” Jharkhand on Adivasi Divas organised by the art and culture department in the capital to promote and protect centuries-old traditions.
Tribal folk artistes, painters and sculptors from across the state assembled at Ram Dayal Munda Kala Bhavan in Hotwar to mark the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.
Speaking at the event, art, culture and youth affairs minister Geetashree Oraon said earlier schools, colleges and other institutions used to organise cultural events to mark this day. “But, from now, the department will organise cultural functions, seminars and painting exhibitions every year to provide a platform to tribals for showcasing their talents,” she said.
The day is celebrated every year across the world to promote and protect distinctive characteristics of indigenous groups.
However, this is the first time when the art and culture department organised a programme to recognise and celebrate the true colours of traditionally and culturally rich Jharkhand.
“It’s a historical moment for our department. The event not only gave artistes a platform, but also allowed us to connect with some finest talents of the state. Through such events, we want to bring them to the mainstream,” Oraon said.
On initiatives taken by the government to protect the interests of indigenous people, Oraon said 20 per cent seats would be reserved for primitive tribal groups in government jobs. The state cabinet passed a proposal in this regard in June, she added.
Also, during today’s event, the department officials spoke of the various welfare schemes initiated for their welfare.
Among those present on the occasion were director (art and culture) Dadan Choubey, assistant director Vijay Paswan and tribal historians Girdhari Ram Gaunjhu, tribal activist Roseline Kerketta, artiste Tej Munda.
Stress on education
State animal husbandry minister Mannan Mallick today said education was the key to development of tribal people in particular and society in general.
Speaking at an Adivasi Divas event in Dhanbad, Mallick said, “It is very important for any clan or tribe to safeguard their tradition and culture. But this is only possible when one knows about their rights, which, in turn, is possible through education. Unfortunately, the rate of literacy among tribals is still very poor.”