Peep into Odisha’s rich tribal culture in Adivasi Mela

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If you are in Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, spend your evening in Adivasi Mela at Unit – 1 area of the city and peep into the rich tribal culture and life style apart from buying authentic tribal products from the hands of tribal people themselves. The mela will continue until February 9.


It’s not only tribal products that are attracting Bhubaneswar to the Adivasi Mela, rather insights into tribal life, vivid culture of the ancient groups, beautiful presentation of tribal haat, villages, arts, crafts and painting, their unique culture and lifestyle at the event has left the people mesmerized.


Adivasi Ground has turned into a mini tribal valley, housing various aspects of the 60-odd tribal groups of the state.


With a wide variety of natural products ranging from exotic spices to herbs, cereals, ayurvedic medicines, bamboo shoots, poultry products, metal craft, jewellery, cane and bamboo products, textiles, terracotta, stone work, pottery and other arts and crafts from tribal belts across the state, the exhibition is nothing less than a treasure trove for the city dwellers.


The major attraction of the fair is the graphic representation of tribal lifestyle. They construct an exact replica of their hamlet on the fair ground. Therefore, members of around 25 tribal communities are exhibiting their lifestyle and explaining to city audience.


From creating colourful mud houses with thatched roofs to bamboo adornments, participants are putting in their best efforts to present a grand show.


The 15-day fair was first held in Cuttack in 1951. However, since 1982 it is being held in Bhubaneswar.


The stage at the venue is also being decked up with tribal paintings. A number of cultural programmes displaying dance and music of seven tribal groups have also been lined up.


Organised by the state scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) department, the fair concludes on February 9. From the next year, the focus will be on a particular tribal group.


“Putting the spotlight on a single tribal community will increase its exposure just the way it is done in Toshali fair,” said Surendra Kumar, secretary of the SC and ST department.


The department expects a footfall of around 10 lakh at the fair and a business of over Rs 6.5 crore. Last year, the fair raked in a profit of Rs 5 crore.