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Adivasi Mela, 01.02.2012 (The 7th Day)

The 10th day of Adivasi Mela welcomed the crowd of visitors from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. like it does everyday. In the evening, its open air auditorium vibrated to the tune of tribal dances performed by the Koya tribe of Malkangiri, the Chukutia Bhunjia of Sunabeda plateu of Nuapada district, the Bhumia tribe of Nilagiri and the tribal students of Jagjiban Ram Hostel and Laxman Nayak Hostel. At last the students of KISS (KIIT) staged an enchanting tribal dance. The Koya dancers wearing their traditional dance coustmes – the women shining with their brass head bands, cowrie necklace and the musical long jhumka sticks in their hands and the men with their bison horn headgear beating a large 4 feel long “Dhol” recreated a scene of the man of the forest. The Bhunjia artists staged their wedding dance that showed the influences of the Baiga tribe of Chhatisgarh. The Bhumia dance was the “Karma” dance. The tribal students of both the hostels performed the Santal and Munda dances but with a difference. All these performances kept the audience spell bound. The spectators were glued to the auditorium.

The distinguished guest of the evening was Shri Bijoy Kumar Patnaik, the Chief Secretary of Government of Odisha. He visited the stalls and inaugurated the books published by Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) and the Academy of Tribal Languages and Culture (ATLC) – the research outfits of ST & SC Development Department which are dedicatedly engaged for study and dissemination of tribal cultures of Odisha. The book released by SCSTRTI titled, “Tribal Pesantry in Bonai Hills” was a monumental ethnography on the Hill Bhuyans of Sundergarh district empirically researched way back in the fifties by a celebrated anthropologist of international repute Prof. Laxman Kumar Mahapatra, Ex-Head of the Department of Anthropology, Utkal University, Ex-Vice Chancellor of Utkal and Sambalpur Universities. The released publications of ATLC were Santal Loka Sahitya, Soura Loka Kahani and Odishara Prachinatama Janajati. After the release these books attracted the attention of the visitors who rushed to the “Books Stall” in the mela to see these books.

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