In the sixth evening of Adivasi Mela 2010 the honoured guest was Sj. Prafulla Chandra Ghadai, Honourable Minister, Finance and Excise. Expressing his pleasure over the new incarnation of the Mela, he said it is being recognised as a great event in the state capital. Opening a window to the colourful world of tribal Orissa and particularly its cultural land marks manifested in their art, craft, artefact and folk traditions it has turned into a major extravaganza to attract a huge crowd of visitors all over the country. The cultural identity of the state of Orissa is not complete without the identity of its tribesmen. Therefore, their all-round development should be given priority. Particularly the programmes like establishment of hostels for educational development of tribal girls, recognition of tribals traditional forest land rights by issuing R.O.Rs will go a long way in raising the socio-economic level of the tribals and integrating them in national main stream.
The tribal cultural programmes staged in the pandal in the evening were the Mundari Dance sponsored by ITDA, Bonei, the Karam Dance of Oraon sponsored by ITDA, Sundergarh, the Changu Dance of Bathudi and the Dantha Dance of Santal sponsored by ITDA, Kaptipada. That was not all. Like everyday, the K.I.S.S. students presented their folk and tribal dances not only the pandal but also in other spots inside the Mela premises.
There was business as usual in the Adivasi Hat and Tribal Food Plaza. But, the number of visitors swelled in numbers as today was a weekly holiday i.e. Sunday. The madding crowd was everywhere inside the Adivasi Mela Ground enjoying the panorama.
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