Bhubaneswar: Tribal way of life and artefacts have always been a rage among tourists as much as creative aficionados from all over the state and country. Be it their normal lifestyle, produce, food, utensils or way of dressing, one gets enamoured by all of it. But what has been a major draw this Adivasi Mela-2018 at Exhibition Ground is the ‘Adivasi Gram’ – the typical huts which the primitives build to stay in – which have been no less than a visual treat.
“We are happy to come here in this fair to display our way of life. Here, we are trying to show people our home and what we do in our daily life,” informed Subarna Majhi, a tribal woman from Kalahandi who has come here to explain about tribal lifestyle.
From the vegetable gardens in their homes to their weapons and utensils, the residents of the capital city have a whole lot of things to see and admire about the primitive lifestyle. Stalls from various tribal dominated districts of Odisha are showcasing the rich tribal heritage of the state at the Adivasi Gram. Every hut has been made with finesse and intricate patterns.
“I am really happy coming here to display our culture and tradition. Visitors are showing interest to know more about our lives,” said Srikantha Bisala, a tribal from Mayurbhanj.
“Tribals from Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar etc have brought their daily-use items to this fair. We are getting a chance to know more about them and various tribal art and culture of the state at one place,” stated Soumya, a resident of Bhubaneswar.
This fair being organised by the ST and SC development department was inaugurated by CM Naveen Patnaik on 26 January. Apart from the ‘Gram’, 145 stalls with indigenous tribal products have come up at the Adivasi Haat.
Similarly, 37 exclusive stalls for display and sale of various handicraft items made by the tribals also have the potential to draw large number of visitors.
Not only these, the food court and Adivasi Cultural Show on the main stage have also been attracting people to the IDCO Exhibition Ground.