CM Naveen inaugurates ‘National Tribal Craft Mela’ in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 7th annual National Tribal Craft Mela 2018 at Tribal Museum Complex here on Saturday.

More than 200 artisans from 14 states across the country participated in the fair which aims at promoting traditional tribal art, culture and handicrafts in the country. The mela is scheduled to continue for seven days or till November 30.

Various traditional craft materials made up of bamboo, clothes and pottery are the centre of attraction apart from other traditional crafts exhibited in the fair.

“I am very happy to inaugurate the National tribal crafts exhibition 2018. 14 states of the country including Odisha are participating in the event. I expect a good footfall this year,” said Patnaik.

Director of SCSTRTI, Akhil Bihari Ota said,“21 bilingual tribal dictionaries were released by the Chief Minister; the Tribal research institute had been bestowed with the responsibility to script down the dictionaries.”

On the other hand, traders at the mela see it as a good employment opportunity.

“We were trained here for three months under the Odisha Tribal Empowerment and Livelihoods programme to make different items like idols, pen stands and flower base, helping us become self-dependent,” said a trader, Subhadra Naik.