The distinguished guests who graced the occasion in the twelfth evening of the Adivasi Mela and Cultural Festival 2910 were Hon’ble Justice I.M. Quddusi, Acting Chief Justice of Orissa, Sj. Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Hon’ble MP, Rajya Sabha, Ms. Mamata Madhi, Hon’ble MLA and Sj. Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha, Hon'ble Minister ST & SC Development, OBC, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare.
Welcoming the guests Shri Ashok Kumar Tripathy, IAS, Principal Secretary, ST & SC Development Department said the Adivasi Mela has maintained its continuity over half a century and its popularity is increasing day by day with the passage of time.
Ms. Mamata Madhi delivered her speech in Desia language- the lingua franca of Koraput region. She stated that the tribal culture and its art, craft and traditions should be spread over the world. The tribal people should be united to speak about their problems before the Government. This will be helpful for their socio-economic and educational development.
Sj. Mohapatra expressed his pleasure and appreciation over genesis, development and continuity of the annual event of tribal cultural festival since fifty nine years. This year it has been transformed in a new shape by being divided into six distinct segments. Visitors who have interest in any particular segment can visit that segments and fulfil their interest. Being emotionally charged after seeing the arrangements and the motley crowd of tribal and nontribal visitors in the Mela he said that by working in remote tribal pockets in the state including the undivided Koraput district for about fifteen years he has observed the purity and the richness of tribal life and culture from a very close quarter and have always identified himself with the tribal folks. Their all-round development and integration into the national main stream still remains an avowed objective of his life. Development activities will go on and so also the process of industrialization in interest of advancement of the state. But it will not to be done at the cost of tribals culture and livelihood; Hon’ble Chief Minister Sj. Naveen Patnaik holds this opinion very emphatically. He prayed before the God to bless him to have his rebirth as an Adivasi.
Sj. Bariha, hon’ble minister was happy that in this rapidly changing modern world, the tribes of Orissa have been able to preserve the art and culture. The tribal people should be provided opportunity to exhibit their cultural landmarks, art and crafts at the all India level.
Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice of Orissa, I. M. Quddusi in his speech hoped that socio-economic and educational development of tribal people will make them aware about their fundamental rights and privileges. Govt. of India is taking steps to establish village courts in every panchayat level which will help the tribals in getting justice quickly.
Prof.(Dr.) A. B. Ota offered thanks and gratitude to all the honoured guests who has inspired the organisers and the tribal participants by their benign presence and advice to carry forward the tribal cultural activities.
Like everyday the next was the cultural programmes for which large number of visitors were waiting anxiously were staged. The first item was the Dhap Dance of Bolangir followed by Paudi Bhuyan Dance sponsored by PBDA, Rugudakudar, Bonda Dance of Malkangiri and the variety of performances presented by the small tribal children of KISS. Audience were hypnotised by the Dhap Dance, the Yoga performances of KISS students and the tribal traditions of performing arts.
Visitors rushed in to the Mela to meet their own specific needs such as buying tribal products, seeing the tribal cultural life style in the tribal village complex, taste ethnic food in the tribal food plaza and entertain themselves through the diverse cultural programmes.
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