The Annual State Level, Tribal Cultural Fair called Adivasi Mela was inaugurated today evening in the Adivasi Ground of Bhubaneswar in presence of thousands of dignitaries and spectators, by Sri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha. Accompanied by Sri Lal Bihari Himirika, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare; Shri Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST & SC Development Department; Dr. Akhil Bihari Ota, Director (ST)-cum- Additional Secretary to Govt. in ST & SC Development Department; Shri Susanta Kumar Nanda, Project Director, OTELP, Hon’ble Chief Minister garlanded the statues of tribal heros- Sahid Laxman Naik, Pandit Raghunath Murmu and Guru Mangai Gamango and visited the Theme Pavilion, Tribal Village, Tribal Hat and some other stalls. Arriving at the pandal of the open air auditorium, he was greeted with loud applaud and clapping of hands of the spectators and the inaugural ceremony began with the lighting of lamp.
Dr. A.B. Ota, Director (ST) in his welcome address briefed on the history of Adivasi Mela and highlighted on the theme and the structure-functional arrangements of this years mela.
Shri Santosh Kumar Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST & SC Development Department spoke about some important tribal development and empowerment programmes being taken up by the state government for the socio-economic empowerment of ST & SC which is the central theme of this years Adivasi Mela. He mentioned about a very important ST & SC welfare programme announced by Hon’ble Chief Minister for ensuring food security for the BPL families that is provision of 25 K.Gs of rice to each of them at Re.1/- per month. The largest number of beneficiaries of this scheme will be the people belonging to ST & SC. He also stated about 5000 hostels to be established all over the state for educational advancement of ST & SC. These bold endeavours taken by the government of Odisha is unique and unparalled in the country.
Shri Himirika, Hon’ble Minister spoke about the Welfare and Development programmes being implemented by the State Government for upliftment of ST & SC under the stewardship of Hon’ble Chief Minister.
Shri Neveen Pattnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister announced that the State Government is taking all possible steps so that they are integrated to the national mainstream in a footing of quality and live with pride and dignity. Particularly, he mentioned about 500, Post-Matric hostels being established all over the state for higher education of ST & SC students.
Hon’ble Chief Minister released the research journal “Adivasi” and Photo Hand Books on “Oraon, Omanatya, Jatapu and Paroja” published by SC & ST Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI). He along with Shri Himirika, Hon’ble Minister, also released the publications of Academy of Tribal Language and Culture (ATLC) – the Souvenir, “BANAJA” and the tribal language dictionaries – “ODIA-KUI”, “ODIA-KUVI”, “ODIA-KOYA” and “ODIA-DESIA”. Thereafter he felicitated the tribal talents of different fields.
Shri Susant Kumar Nanda, Project Director, OTELP offered vote of thanks.
After the conculsion of the inaugural ceremony, tribal cultural programmes were staged in the open air pandal which kept the spectators spell bound and glued them to their seats. The gifted tribal performing artists who enchanted the audience came from Durua tribe of Koraput, Ghurmura dancers of Rampur of Kalahandi district, Jhodia Paroja of Rayagada district, tribal students of K.I.S.S. and the tribal artists of Thuamul Rampur.
On the other side, people enjoyed the taste of tribal ethnic foods in the Tribal Food Plaza, admired the beauty, simplicity and serenity of tribal cultural heritage presented in the ethnic tribal village and rushed into the “Adivasi Hat” to see, appreciate and buy the ethnic bio-food grains and other household articles which have become sought after in the urban settings. For the stalls set up by various Government Departments, undertakings, NGOs, the response of the visitors were overwhelming.
The inaugural event of Adivasi Mela, 2013 was a ground success.