Adivasi Mela begins in capital city

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 in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Around 180 stalls showcasing the lifestyle, culture and foods of tribals have come up at the fair. One can also get several indigenous tribal products here.

Similarly, exclusive stalls for display and sale of various handicrafts items made by the tribals have now become the centre of attraction in the biggest fair in the city.

“We know about the art, culture and life style of the tribal’s communities. But we want to get a glimpse of their tradition from close quarters,”” said Subadhra Subudhi, a visitor.

Puja Sahua, another said, “Tribal products ranging from food items to jewellery and wooden crafts among others are available here and it is certainly a unique experience”.

Moreover, one can get a glimpse of the lifestyle, mud houses and other tribal products at the fair. There is usually a demand for organic products of tribals and they are hopeful to do a brisk business this year.

“I am really happy to display our culture and tradition. People are keen to know more about our lives” said a tribal from Baripada.

The 15-day long annual Adivasi Mela (Tribal Fair) was inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The fair will conclude on February 9.

“Through this Adivasi Mela, the common people can know about the   lives of the tribals,” said ST & SC Development Minister, Ramesh Majhi.