The Adivasi Mela in its eighth evening started with the welcome to the guests. The Director of Academy of Tribal Languages and Culture welcomed the guests for employment of the fair and gave a brief description about the native behind the Adivasi Mela. Mr. Jina Hikaka, Hon’ble M.L.A. of Laxmipur, the guest of this evening said about different development programmes taken by the government for the welfare of the tribals. He said in his speech that the Adivasi Mela is the real forum to place the tribal customs, traditions and Art form in the wind. He also emphasised that in each district, such type of Adivasi Melas should be organised to give an opportunity to the tribals in the economic shareholding process of the state.
Hon’ble Finance Minister, Sri Prafulla Chandra Ghadai in his speech said about the traditional hegemony of the Adivasi Mela and the development of the state can’t be possible until the development of the tribals has not been achieved. The state will laugh with the smile in the face of the tribals. This mela is creating history and giving a pavilion for purchasing of the pure tribal products by the people. Hon’ble Minister also said that this mela is meant for raising the economic self-sustenance of the tribal women’s Self Help Groups an a real field for business of their traditional artefacts. In the end of the meeting, Prof.(Dr.) A. B. Ota, Member Secretary of Academy of Tribal Languages and Culture gave vote of thanks and the cultural programmes followed.
In the beginning of the cultural programme, the ‘BA’ festivals Dance of the HO tribe of Kaptipada region of Mayurbhanj attracted the spectators. A taste of newness was observed in the dance of Dongria girls of Rayagada region. The Dongria Kondh lives in the dance areas of Kalyansinghpur regions of Rayagada and Niyamagiri hill range of Rayagada district. They have their fame as horticulturists. Their traditional dress attire is very attractive. They are very famous for their hair style and dress pattern. A glimpse of newness was marked in their dance form with their traditional attire. It was followed by the Kutia Kondh dance of Belghar of Kandhamal district, where they showed the integration of both modernity and pragmatism. The spectators had enjoyed the tribal dance with deep gratitude.
The high attraction of the evening was the dance variety of the students of Rasulgarh Sevashram, Dadarakantha Sevashrama and residential schools of Punger of Koraput district. Their dance clearly indicated that how fruitfully they displayed their traditional life during the leisure hour of the school atmosphere.