December 29, 2017

Tata Steel, Noamundi, concludes 'Jaiba Kala Vividhata' with a message of respecting and safeguarding biodiversity

Noamundi: A four-day celebration of biodiversity through art titled ‘Jaiba Kala Vividhata’ at Tata Steel, Noamundi, concluded with a message of respecting and safeguarding biodiversity. Neha MR Agarwal, a lawyer cum art enthusiast, graced the occasion as the chief guest along with Pankaj Satija, general manager, ore mines and quarries (OMQ) Division, Tata Steel.

Vijendra Kumar, a Sohrai artist from Jamshedpur, being felicitated by Neha MR Agarwal during the closing ceremony

Commenting on the concept and the ambiance, Ms Agarwal said, “This is an encouraging initiative that Tata Steel has taken towards promotion of biodiversity at Noamundi. Providing a platform to all forms of art and reviving the old art forms are indeed commendable.”

Addressing the gathering, Mr Satija said, “Art is a medium that cuts through all age groups and is an excellent medium of mass communication. Connecting art with biodiversity is one of our efforts to contribute to the general awareness for meeting the National Biodiversity Targets.”

A total of 25 artists from Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal were felicitated by the chief guest. Around 80 school children from ME School, Tata DAV School, St. Mary’s School and Padmavati Jain Shushu Mandir School from Noamundi were awarded for their stage performances and cultural programmes.  Winners of the on-spot drawing competition were also recognised.  The nukkad natak team from Tata Steel Rural Development Society was awarded for their dedicated efforts in pervading the message of cleanliness and hygiene in the on-going ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’.  The second edition of ‘Jaiba Kala Vividhata’ witnessed a footfall of more than 2,500 people including school children from in and around Noamundi.

The biodiversity festival promoting art culminated into a beautiful tapestry of colourful expressions, as every artwork reflected a blend of biodiversity, creativity and the unique style of the artists. The four-day biodiversity festival was kicked off by Kumar Ashutosh, divisional forest officer, Chaibasa, on December 26, 2017. For the first time in the biodiversity festival, a skit in Sanskrit spreading the message of biodiversity was performed by the school children.

Present in the concluding ceremony were RP Mali, chief, Noamundi iron mine, Tata Steel,  PK Dhall, chief, processing and logistics, OMQ, Tata Steel, Brindawan Debnath, renowned canvas artist, Jamshedpur, and Virendra Kumar, owner, Mati Ghar (NGO), Jamshedpur.