The ninth evening of the Adivasi Mela and Cultural Festival began with Sj. Hrushikesh Nayak, Hon’ble MLA, Patna, Sj. Subarna Nayak, Hon’bel MLA, Keonjhar, Sj. Karendra Majhi, Hon’ble MLA, Baliguda as distinguished guests.
Sj. Hrushikesh Nayak said this Adivasi Mela has presented the ancient tribal life style very realistically that has attracted quite a large number of visitors.
Describing the Mela as a great folk festival, Sj. Subarna Nayak stated this Mela has portrayed the colourful diversity and uniqueness of the age old tribal culture of Orissa as well as the beautiful folk traditions of Orissan tribes. Honouring their valuable traditions the tribals should come forward to assert their distinctive cultural identity.
Sj. Majhi said this Mela serves a noble purpose. The tribal culture and traditions have a taste of its own. Their life style is very beautiful and so also their nature and character. The ancient vedic culture has its roots in the tribal culture. Tribals foods are simple and good for health. They are the earliest worshipers of the goddess Mother Earth. The time tested elements of their culture needs to be documented for posterity.
The major attractions of the cultural programmes of the evening were Ho dance sponsored by ITDA, Champua, Kutia Kondh dance sponsored by KKDA, Belghar, the Kisan dance sponsored by ITDA, Kuchinda, the variety show presented by the students of Siripur Sevashram and the play presented by District T.B. Authority of Bhubaneswar from which the audience derived full entertainment to their heart content.
There was brisk business in Adivasi Hat and Tribal Food Plaza where the visitors thronged in large number to buy tribal products and enjoy the taste of tribal delicacies.
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