‘PARAB’ cultural extravaganza of tribal dominated Koraput district

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‘PARAB’ a state level cultural extravaganza of tribal dominated Koraput district promotes the rich cultural heritage of the region. Being a unique festival, it aims to spot the hidden talents in the field of arts, culture and sports from the grass root level.

Being a festival in tribal dominated district, tribals passionately participate in the festival and showcase their rich culture and tradition to the spectators and tourists across the globe. They utilize the platform to connect with the wide audience through their traditional music, dance and songs.

Vivid cultural programmes like tribal and folk dance festival, Craft-Mela, Pallishree-mela, Book-fair, Artist camp-cum-Art Exhibition, Seminar, Boat Race, Mountain Trekking, etc. are the most important element of the festival.

Parab 2016, kick started from December 1 and concluded on December 04. The colorful festival began with a procession of the deities in the town starting from Nishani Munda premises and reached Muthyalamma to mark the festival.

Tribals danced to the tune of ‘Dhemsa’ leaving the spectators amused. For tourists it can be an one stop destination to watch tribal folk dance and traditional music from across the state and other states in one platform . In 2016, Sambalpuri dance, Ganjam’’s Jodi Sankha dance , an unique presentation of rural music having Badya and Nrutya in a combined form, Phulban’s Kui dance, Malkangiri’s Bonda tribe dance and other dance forms from different regions of the state and other states from across the country participated in the festival.

Apart from the festival, over 80,000 artists and sportspersons participate in the different levels of competitions in the district. Competitions in the traditional tribal events like tribal music, dance, art and craft, traditional sports, etc. has helped in preserving the heritage of the region and has also amused domestic and international tourists.

This year the administration had set up around 187 stalls , where the traditional, handloom and handmade products were sold for the visitors. Tribals too participated and sold the indigenous products.