Adivasi Mela 2024 to begin from January 26 for 11 days in Bhubaneswar

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 24, 2024 IST

Adivasi Mela

Bhubaneswar, Jan 24: The stage is set for the much-awaited annual Adivasi Mela 2024 from January 26 here at the Adivasi Exhibition Ground in Unit - I.

The tribal trade fair will continue for 11 days till February 5 and will remain open from 2 pm to 9 pm every day. As many as 39 cultural troupes will perform tribal dances from January 26 to February 1.

A devotional song programme will be held in the evening on January 30. Similarly, tribal theatre groups will stage plays from February 3 to 5. The members of Kutia Kandha, Santhal, Paudi Bhuyan, Hill Khadia and Mankir dia, Juanga Munda, Gadaba, Dongria Kandha, Lanjia Saora, Bonda and Chuktia Bhunjia communities will join the tribal market this year. The organizers are busy in making stalls that include Adivasi village, Adivasi weekly market, food stalls and handicraft zone. The Adivasi Mela, the annual cultural-cum-trade fair, has always been a crowd-puller in the capital city of Odisha. The Adivasi Mela was first held during the year 1951 at Cuttack, the then-state capital of Odisha. It was shifted to Bhubaneswar, the new capital city in 1954 and was held at Adivasi Exhibition Ground, Unit-1.

The fair was shifted to IDCO Exhibition Ground, Unit-III, from the year 2018 onwards by the state ST and SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department and it is further being held at Adivasi Exhibition Ground from last year.

The main objective of the Adivasi Mela is the promotion and celebration of the traditions and handicrafts of the tribes of Odisha. 

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