The fortnight long ethnic fair called Adivasi Mela which started on the 26th January came to the end today. Among all such events held in the capital city this year in the cool and pleasant winter season, this was the longest event not only for its duration but also for its popularity among the people from all walks of life.
In the evening, the valedictory function was held in the open air pandal. Shri Lal Bihari Himirika, Hon’ble Minister ST & SC Development was the Chief Guest. Accompanied by Shri S.K. Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Dr. A. B. Ota, Director(ST)-cum –Addl. Secretary and other officials of ST & SC Development Department, Hon’ble Minister visited the Mela. On the pandal, Shir S. K. Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary welcomed Hon’ble Minister in his welcome address and spoke about success of the Mela. Hon’ble Minister inaugurated two books published by SC & ST Research & Training Institute (SCSTRTI) titled “Effects of Deforestation on the Lanjia Saora & Juang”, and “A Micro-Project Profile”. It was followed by inauguration of a booklets titled “Adivasi Mela – 2012” published by Academy of Tribal Languages & Culture (ATLC).
Hon’ble Minister also awarded prizes to various stalls whose performance – structurally and functionally were rated as excellent by the members of the jury. For the tribal village, the structures of the Lanjia Saora house done by Gunupur, ITDA, the Oraon house done by Bonai, ITDA were given the 1st and 2nd prizes respectively, where as, the 3rd prize went jointly to the Santal house by Baripada, ITDA and the Desia Kandha house done by Phulbani, ITDA. Among the Micro-Projects, the Paudi Bhuyan house of Paudi Bhuyan Development Agency of Jamardihi, and the Chukutia Bhunjia house of Chukutia Bhunjia Development Agency of Sonabera and the Bonda house of Bonda Development Agency, Mudulipada received the 1st, 2nd ,and 3rd Prizes respectively, for their ethnic ambience.
The stalls set up by the government departments and undertakings were ranked by the Juries. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to OREDA, Directorate of Horticulture and Minor Irrigation respectively. The Special Jury Award went to the stall set up by TDCOL.