Bhubaneswar (Orissa): Preparations are in full swing for the fortnight-long Adivasi Mela, the annual fair of the tribal people, to be inaugurated by chief minister Naveen Patnaik at the Adivasi Exhibition Ground in Unit-I here on Tuesday, coinciding with the Republic Day celebrations.
The fair is being organized by the state government every year to highlight tribal life, tradition and culture of the state that has as many as 62 tribes forming nearly one-fourth of the state’s population.
The tribal exhibition and festival is considered as the oldest and the most colourful fair of tribals, where members of all the 62 tribes, including 13 Primitive Tribe Groups (PTGs) come and spread out their ethnic mosaic, said Director of Tribal Research AB Ota.
While the fair was being held for a week earlier, it would be made a two-week affair this year with addition of a festival of tribal culture, Ota, who is in-charge of the mega event, said. He further informed that with 135 stalls the fair grounds would have six segments showcasing different facets of tribal life and development.
While one segment would replicate the tribal villages, another would provide glimpses of the tribal haat (weekly market).
Similarly, the third segment would have stalls selling tribal products and the fourth would showcase tribal food where adivasi cuisines would also be on display. The remaining two stalls would be earmarked for tribal art and crafts and their dance and music. The principal attraction of the fair would be the dance and various other programnes to be held every evening.