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Tribal youth leaders from Andhra, Jharkhand, Orissa call on Barnala

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Exchanging views: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala interacts with tribal youth leaders from other States in Chennai on Wednesday. —
Exchanging views: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala interacts with tribal youth leaders from other States in Chennai on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

They are participating in Tribal Youth Exchange Programme

CHENNAI: Scores of tribal youth leaders from Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa called on Governor Surjit Singh Barnala at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.

They are part of a delegation that is participating in the second Tribal Youth Exchange Programme being held here from December 27 to 31. Organised by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), the exchange programme has 180 participants from the three States to understand and appreciate each other’s traditional and cultural heritage.

Seminars on various issues, including employment, problems in tribal areas, and communal harmony also form part of the programme.

The meeting in Raj Bhavan was part of the visit of the participants to places of importance in and around Chennai. During their interaction with the Governor, a couple of the youth, with their faces partly covered with strings of beads that hung from their caps, sang folk songs.

Mr. Barnala said that though north and south India are culturally apart, they co-exist peacefully by respecting each other’s traditions. Chennai, he told the visitors, was one of the fastest developing cities in the country and is at its best this season.

Music and dance performances are organised in large numbers across the city, he said, urging the tribal youth to attend some performances to get a better understanding of the State’s heritage. Describing their visit to Chennai as “educative and entertaining,” Radhika Nitam from Jharkhand said it was gratifying to meet people from other parts of the country and discover commonness in cultural practices. The group from Jharkhand was particularly colourful sporting feather-topped skull caps and zari-worked velvet overcoats.

NYKS zonal director M. Sadacharavel said the exchange programme was to provide tribal youth an opportunity to develop cultural ties with people from other parts. “It will also motivate them to preserve their rich cultural heritage for posterity,” he said.

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