The fortnight long Adivasi Mela and Cultural Festival 2010 observed its closing ceremony in today’s evening. The distinguished guests who graced the occasion in the last evening of the Mela were His Excellency, Governor of Orissa, Sj. Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, Sj. Bijay Ranjan Singh Bariha, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare and Sj. Satya Prakash Nanda, IAS, Development Commissioner, Orissa.
His Excellency Governor first visited the Tribal Art Gallery and other stalls and expressed his immense pleasure over the excellent arrangements and management of this mega event. He acknowledged the pain-streaking efforts made by the organisers to make this Mela a successful and memorable event for last 15 days. He hoped that this Mela will go a long way in publicising the genuine tribal culture and help in their process of development.
He inaugurated some publications such as the book, “Review of TSP Approach in Orissa” brought out by SCSTRTI, “Desia Gyanakosha”, “Saora Lokagita” and “Sargiphula” brought out by ATLC and a souvenir called “Pahacha” published by ST & SC Development Department Cultural Council.
He also awarded prizes to various participating stalls and tribal dance troupes whose performance were judged the best. Among the ITDA stalls, ITDA Gunupur, ITDA Baliguda and ITDA Rayagada were in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.
Regarding the Micro projects who were awraded the first, second and third prizes for shoeing theirb respective tribal material cultures realistically were the PBDA, Jamardihi, CBDA, Sunabeda and JDA, Gonasika.
The the public sector stalls of various departments who were honoured with the first, second and third prizes were OTELP, Cottage Industries and Tassar & Silk Development authorities.
The tribal dance groups dances which were judged as first, second and third were the Durua dance of Jeypore ITDA, Santal dance of Kaptipada ITDA & Koya dance of Malkangiri ITDA (jointly) and the Oram dance of Sundergarh ITDA which have kept the audience mesmerised by their enchanting performances.
The KISS has participated in this mela in a big way. Its contribution to the cultural programmes of the mela is an act of tour de force. Its tribal students have kept the visitors entertained by their kaleidoscopic variety of folk and tribal dances in and around the pandal every day. Recognising their contribution His Excellency Governor honoured the Director of KISS with a Special Prize with the expectation that in the coming years they will cooperate more actively and constructively.
The matric level successful high schools and meritorious students of ST & SC Department Schools were felicitated by Hon’ble Minister. The schools were Govt. High School, Basipitha, Mayurbhanj, Govt. High School, Naranpur, Keonjhar, Govt. High School, Tariniposhi, Dhenkanal, Govt. Girls High School, Rashagovindpur, Mayurbhanj, Govt. High School, Baxibarigaon, Keonjhar, Govt. High School, Sialata, Nuapada, Govt. Girls High School, Kapilash, Dhenkanal, Govt. High School, B.C. Pur, Mayurbhanj, Govt. High School, Rampur, Bolangir, Govt. Girls High School, Balisankar, Sundergarh.
The successful students who were awarded ST girls were Ms. Sanjita Pradhan, Ms. Aradhana Tappo, Ms. Radhi Singh and Ms. Raimani Murmu. ST boys were Sri Khageswar Murmu, Sri Lab Baske, Sri Binod Murmu, Sri Sunaram Majhi. SC girls were Ms. Pankajini Jena, Ms. Kamalani Jena, Ms. Anasua Sethi, Ms. Laxmi Badaik. SC boys were Sri Kuna Singh, Sri Judhistira Behera, Sri Khagendra Patra and Sri Bikram Bag. Tribal ST girls were Ms. Pramila Chalan and Ms. Misen Mandal. Tribal ST boys were Sri Dibakar Sabar and Sri Amaya Mandal.
The Cultural Programme of the last evening of the Mela which enchanted the packed audience were the Koya dance of Malkangiri, the Paraja dance of Koraput, the Ghumura dance of Kalahandi and variety of dance programmes presented by the students of K.I.S.S.
The motley crowd of visitors were present in every part of the Mela. They procured their consumption needs from the Adivasi Hat. They enjoyed the text of the tribal foods in tribal food plaza and entertained themselves through the colourful and vibrant cultural programmes of the evening and returned home with a heavy heart that this extraordinary tribal extravaganza is closing today and they have to wait another full year to witness such an event.
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