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Gujarat tribals seek recognition through their music

Pleading for recognition and economic sustainability, tribals of Kochrab in Gujarat recently participated in a day-long musical, using traditional instruments.

Kochrab Ashram (Gujarat), May 1 : Pleading for recognition and economic sustainability, tribals of Kochrab in Gujarat recently participated in a day-long musical, using traditional instruments.

The tribals lament was that even after 47 years, they did not have their own identity.

"We do not get any financial help from the Government. There have been no efforts on the part of the Government to give us ration cards. We cannot get our children admitted to schools, as they ask for birth certificates. We stay in fields and that is where the babies are born, so how do we get birth certificates? We are being harassed by everyone and we just feel helpless," said Jayanti Bhai, one of the protestors.

Singing and playing traditional musical instruments on social occasions is the sole means of their earning.

"The instruments that they are playing with once used to be their means of livelihood. But now, modern musical bands have made them irrelevant," said Mittal Patel, the coordinator of the Vicharta Samudaay Samarthan Manch, an organisation helping the tribals.

The Centre formed a Commission in 2006 to prepare a report on de-notified nomadic tribes and to suggest ways for their upliftment.

ANI

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