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160 foreigners visit Adivasi Mela on Sunday

3/02/2020 at 1:48 PM

Spices, herbs, tribal jewellery handloom and handicrafts are most sought after items at the ongoing Adivasi Mela.

Bhubaneswar, Feb 3: Footfall of foreigners has increased at the ongoing Adivasi Mela this year to have a fair glimpse of the lifestyle of tribal people.

At least 160 foreigners visited the Mela on the seventh day of the fair yesterday.

Spices, herbs, tribal jewellery handloom and handicrafts are most sought after items of the foreigners at the fair.

The 15-day event, which started on January 26 at Unit IV IDCO Exhibition Ground here, not only offers the unique products produced by the tribal, but also showcases their culture and daily life.

Hosted by the scheduled castes (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) development department, the fair has already witnessed a good footfall of around seven lakh people in the last seven days.

Over 1.5 lakh people visited the fair on Sunday, including around 160 visitors from German, Europe, Japan, Netherland, Russia and Singapore like countries, informed the state SC and ST development department.

“As many as 262 stalls have been set up at the ground while tribal from 12 states are also serving their traditional food at the stalls. As many as 70 CCTVs have been installed at the venue as safety measure. People can visit the Mela between 2pm and 9 pm,” said an official.  

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