The Mela premises opened at 3 P.M. and visitors started coming in. By evening the ground was packed with the capitalites. The honoured guests of the evening were Shri Surendranath Nayak, Deputy Chairman, State Planning Board and Shri Upendra Presad Singh, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Department. Shri Nayak sang the praise of tribal culture and heritage of Odisha for its originality and uniqueness. We must respect them for their distinctive character and encourage them to live like themselves, he emphasised. Shri U.P. Singh fondly remembered his earlier days as an officer in Jeypore, Koraput and Malkangiri in the undivided Koraput district and said, he is living with his unforgettable experience with the local tribes namely, Bonda, Koya, Didayi who lived happily in a world of their own unaffected by the disturbances of the materialistic world outside.
The tribal artists who kept the spectators spellbinding by their today’s evening performances were the ritual dance of the Lanjia Saora of Puttasingh and the dance of Kisan of Kuchinda. The programmes that followed were the folk dances staged by the students of K. C. Pur girls high school, the Prince Dance Group of Paralkhemundi, students of Siripur Ashram School, students of KISS and the students of Nayapalli Ashram School. The audience was enthralled with the rhythm and vibrations of these performances. The transactions in the Adivasi Hatwere higher than the previous day.