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Adivasi Mela, 29.01.2012 (The 4th Day)

The 4th day of Adivasi Mela being a public holiday ( Sunday) pulled a heavy crowd from the capital city. The venue was jam packed. As the cool evening descended, the crowd swelled. The major attractions were the pure tribal products sold in the Adivasi Haat and the exotic items sold in the stalls of Government departments and public enterprises. The tribal cultural programmes and the ethnic food items of the food court. The motley crowd were every where.

As the darkness came, the open air auditorium vibrated under the dancing steps of tribal young men and women and the accompanying play of musical instruments that reflected purity, unambiguity and celebration of life amidst deprivation and adversities. The dances were of Lanjia Saora tribe of Gunupur, Saunti tribe of Keonjhar, Santal tribe of Mayurbhanj, Ghumura tribe of Thuamul Rampur of Kalahandi, Paudi Bhuiyan tribe of Rugudakudar of Deogarh. These dances looked simple but for anyone who will try to imitate the stepping and the music will find them to be extremely difficult. The open air audience packed with spectators sitting and standing, enjoyed the performances to their hearts content and returned home happy and contended.

The literatures published by SCSTRTI and ATLC displayed in the publications stall also drew the attention of learned visitors who wanted to know about the uniqueness diversity of tribal cultures in Odisha in its state of persistence and planned change. They went back carrying some publications purchased from publications stall which are very moderately priced.

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