Bhubaneswar, Aug 9: Tata Steel Mining in association with Tata Steel Foundation celebrated the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples at its Sukinda Chromite Mine on Wednesday.
The company, in a heart-warming celebration of traditional tribal cultural heritage, had organised a captivating exhibition highlighting aboriginal artifacts, indigenous kitchen utensils, musical instruments, farming tools, dresses and jewelleries.
The event attended by tribal communities like Ho, Santhal, Munda, Bhumij and PVTGs like the Juang and Mankidia mesmerised the visitors with fascinating stories that spoke volumes about the unique customs and rituals of various tribal groups.
Gracing the event, PritiranjanGharai, Minister, Rural Development, Skill Development & Technical Education, expressed his delight and said, “It’s my pleasure to be here on this special occasion and I thank all the team members for organising such a beautiful event to celebrate various aspects of tribal heritage.”
Addressing the gathering at the do, Parmanand Patel, State Coordinator of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute highlighted the rights of the SC and ST communities and shed light on the various welfare schemes implemented by the government for the communities.
Pankaj Satija, Managing Director, Tata Steel Mining, said, “We have always strived to protect and celebrate the diverse tribal heritage and culture and to foster respect for the indigenous way of life. This one is part of a series of initiatives on the promotion of tribal and indigenous food, medicinal practices, music, heritage, etc. to ensure the rich tradition is preserved for future generations. We remain committed to empowering tribal communities through our various initiatives.”