Newdelhi:17/11/21:On the birth anniversary of the iconic tribal freedom fighter and leader Birsa Munda, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi flagged off the celebrations for ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ on 15th November 2021 as a part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations. The festivities will go on for a week till the 22nd of November 2021.
Over 2 lakh people from the tribal communities joined PM Modi as he virtually inaugurated the Birsa Munda Freedom Fighter Park- cum- Museum at Ranchi.
The Ranchi Museum is one of the first ten museums that have been sanctioned by the Government of India, as a tribute to the struggles of the tribal freedom fighters. The day will be celebrated each year to recognize the efforts made by the tribal communities for preserving their tribal cultural heritage and showcasing tribal achievements.
As a part of this nationwide endeavor, 17 Indian states held inaugural events showcasing tribal culture and heritage. Andhra Pradesh is organizing a 5-day State-Level Tribal Craft Mela (Exhibition- cum- sale) from 15th – 19th November 2021. It is being organized at GVMC Ground, opposite Viswapriya Function Hall, at RK Beach. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri Ranjit Basha, Tribal Welfare Director, Andhra Pradesh. After the meeting, the tribal cultural groups presentedDhimsa, Kommu, Savara, Koya, and Chenchu dances.
Arunachal Pradesh organized a remembrance ceremony for Birsa Munda in the primary schools of EMRS. On this occasion, a painting competition, song competition, and extempore speech competition were conducted by the EMRS schools in 2 different districts. This was followed by teachers briefing the students about the contributions made by tribal freedom fighters.
Chhattisgarh is organising a 2-day Tribal Craft Mela from 15th-17th November 2021. The objective behind this event is to promote, preserve and popularise traditional tribal art and craft to help tribal artisans look for better opportunities through cross-cultural interactions.
Gujarat is organising ‘Traditional Tribal Crafts, Food, Herbal Sales and Exhibition Fair’. The event aims to showcase traditional tribal art and craft, tribal organic food items, traditional tribal herbs, and tribal dances to help the tribal community find more employment opportunities and exhibit their talent.
Manipur is organizing a 3-Day state-level workshop on skill up-gradation in tribal art and paintings, aimed at enhancing the skills of tribal artists and promoting creativity to widen the window of opportunities available to them.
Jharkhand organised a blood donation camp, launched 45 books, released primers and grammar books on Malto, Bhumij, Asur and Birhore, A documentary on Mal Paharia, Banjara, Kondh, Karmali, Karma and Sorhrai was released. Kerala conducted a workshop on the Forest Rights Act.
Joining hands with the rest of the country, Meghalaya held a special programme at Kongthong Song & Whistling Village over the weekend to acknowledge the unique cultural practices of the village as part of the ongoing celebrations of Tribal Pride Week. The event highlights the valiant efforts of tribal freedom fighters and the overall contributions made by the tribal community to nation-building.
Mizoram has earmarked the start of week-long festivities by organising an on-the-spot painting competition on the portrait of Birsa Munda at Aizawl Art gallery. Mr Laltanpuia, President, Mizoram Art Development Society presided over the event. The key objective was to celebrate the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda and raise awareness about his role in mobilizing the tribal community to overthrow the British Raj.
Nagaland organised an event on catapult target hitting. The TRI Nagaland organized this indigenous game to commemorate India @ 75 years of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav on 15th November 2021 in Kohima. Various participants from different Naga tribes participated in the event in their traditional attire. The winners were duly acknowledged.
As a mark of tribute to the great tribal freedom leader, SCSTRI, ST & SC Development Department, Government of Odisha, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India organised a national webinar on ‘Contributions of Birsa Munda to struggle for India’s Independence’ which is expected to go a long way in unravelling and foregrounding many hidden truths about Birsa Munda.
Sikkim decided to arrange a day-long voluntary blood donation camp in collaboration with the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Sikkim in Gangtok. The representatives from PIB, Information and Public Relations Department, Government of Sikkim and other local print and electronic media were invited for a wide coverage of the event. The public participated in the event with great enthusiasm.
The State Tribal Research Cum-Cultural Centre and Museum Uttarakhand conducted various cultural activities at the TRI Campus, Dehradun to celebrate ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Divas’ as declared by the Government of India. ITI Khatima, Uttarakhand also organised sports activities on this occasion. The Hon’ble Governor of Uttarakhand Lt. Gen (Retd.) Gurmit Singh felicitated the alumni of Eklavya Model Residential Schools- Kalsi, Dehradun at Raj Bhawan, Uttarakhand along with the Principal Shri G. C. Badoni and Vice Principal Smt. Sudha Painuli, for their exceptional achievements in academics.
The events culminated on a high note and the ongoing festivities will continue till the 22nd November 2021.