Adivasi cultural Fete at Shakti, Songad
“I am impressed by the gathering of today and I feel proud to witness the expression of Adivasi culture through the Adivasi pooja and different dances, singing and use of variety of indigenous musical instruments of my Adivasi community” was the spontaneous reaction of Dr. Vikaram Choudhary, Associate professor of Arts and Science college Bardoli who was one of the main guests of the occasion. This summarizes the Cultural fete organized by Adivasi Mahamandal, Adivasi Sarvangi Vikas Sangh, Legal Aid and Human Rights Centre at SHAKTI Songad on 21st-22 Janaury 2012.
Adivasi cultural fete was an occasion to revive, encourage and strengthen the Adivasi culture and identity. More than 10, 000 people from all over Gujarat and Mharastra were present for the occasion in which many took part in several competitions like drums, bow and arrow, “gilol’, adivasi traditional dress of different communities, folk dances etc.
The fete was also an occasion to increase awareness through handbills and CDs about Adivasi rights and to give information about Right to food, Employment guarantee, Gramsabha,, PESA act and the on going caste-based census.
The chief guest of the ccasion the Collector of Tapi district appreciated the efforts of the organizers and requested the adivasis not to use their talents and abilities for destructive purposes but to fight against corruption, addiction, casteism and fundamentalism. There were also present the additional collector, the Prant officer, the Mamlatdar and also the Chairperson of ST corporation and Tapi District president of BJP, shri Kantibhai Gamit.
What was very encouraging was that besides people coming for the function on their on expenses they have contributed over 1.5 lakh rupees towards the expenses of the function.
The entire event was planned, organized and managed, by the staff of Shakti and the members of the people’s organization under the leadership of the young and dynamic new director Shri