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Colours and sound of music

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: It was an `unusual' gathering of people in the heart of the Capital on Friday. Bringing alive the quiet building of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) with bright colours and the sounds of drums, it was a side of Indian culture that rarely finds space on mainstream stage.

The ongoing National Convention of Nomads and Adivasis aims at correcting the rather stereotypical image of tribal people in the country and giving them a chance to express themselves.

From talking about their culture, methods of sustenance and literature, the convention hopes to create a dialogue between communities living in different areas of the country. Marginalised for too long, these communities have been forced to adapt their ways to suit the civilised conventions of the majority. However, for the first time they are getting an opportunity to talk about their history.

The participants spend the first half of the day in discussing issues like cultural identities, displacements, migrations, their languages.

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