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Adivasi Mela, 1.02.2013 (The 7th Day)

By today this state level ethnic fare became one week old. As per the previous schedule, it should have been concluded today. But inspired by overwhelming public response the responsive State Administration has extended it’s tenure to a fortnight.

Since the late afternoon, there was heavy rush of visitors. They were everywhere in each segment of the venue. Though this year more space has been provided for easy movement of traffic inside the venue, sometimes, it was not found enough. Within the madding crowd of the evening, children male and female visitors and the aged persons were reported to be stranded; some people lost their belonging like cell phones, inspite of the fact that announcements being regularly made through the Public Address system to be careful.

In the evening six dance programmes were staged on the open air pendal. These were Saunti dance of Keonjhar, Santal dance of Kaptipada in Mayurbhanj district, Ghumura dance of Kalahandi district, Bhunjia dance of Nuapada district, tribal folk dances performed by the tribal students of EMRS, Dhanghera and Indira Gandhi Women’s Hostel, Bhubaneswar. Among them, the dances of Saunti, Santal and Ghumura dances were most colourful and exciting. These dances displayed variations in costumes, musical instruments, songs and music which reflected the tribal ecology, culture and etiquettes. These variations also indicated seasonality of events in tribal annual calender, supernaturalism, and folk traditions etc., which distinguish one tribal community from another.

Like everyday, the people of the capital city over crowded the Tribal Food Plaza to have a taste of the ethnic foods which they looked for wanted for long some foreign tourists also visited the Mela.



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