Bhubaneswar: The much-awaited Adivasi Mela got off to a colourful start with several cultural programmes and other tribal art forms showcased on the opening day here on Friday. Twenty tribals who have carved niche in various fields were felicitated during this event.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the annual Tribal Fair - Adivasi Mela that has been shifted to a new venue at Exhibition Ground for the first time in Bhubaneswar.
"Adivasi Mela is one of the most popular exhibitions of the State. This year it has been shifted to this ground and it will attract more visitors and will do better business," said Patnaik.
145 stalls showcasing indigenous tribal products of women SHGs of ITDAs & Micro Projects have come up at the Adivasi Haat this year.
Similarly, 37 exclusive stalls for display and sale of various handicrafts items made by the tribals are set to be the centre of attraction in the biggest fair in the city.
One can get a variety of natural products ranging from exotic spices to herbs, cereals, ayurvedic medicines, arts and crafts and household utilities at the fair.
"People eagerly wait for the Adivasi mela every year and this time also we hope that the business here will be good. The art and culture of the 62 tribal communities is being displayed at the fair," said ST & SC Development Minister, Ramesh Chandra Majhi.
“Usually, we do not get a chance to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of tribals from a close quarter. The fair certainly is unique as we get scope not only buy ethnic products but also get chance to know more about the communities," said Sabita Patnaik, a visitor.
The Adivasi Mela was earlier held at Adivasi Ground and this time has been shifted to IDCO Exhibition Ground owing to traffic congestion and parking issues.
The Commissionerate Police on the other hand issued advisory alerting commuters about congestion and imposed restrictions on traffic movements at several places leading to the venue of the Adivasi mela that will continue till February 9.