Bhubaneswar, Feb 6: The 11-day long annual Adivasi Mela-2024 concluded on Monday with over Rs 5 crore turnover.
The Adivasi Mela-2024 that began on January 26 and concluded on February 5 witnessed over 10 lakh visitors and registered over Rs 5 crore turnover, said the organisers.
People from al walks of life including foreihn nationals thronged to the tribal trade fair here at Adivasi Exhibition Ground, Unit-1, Bhubaneswar to relishing tribal cuisines and purchase authentic organic spices, traditional tribal ornaments and household items.
There were 66 stalls under the ‘Tribal Haat’ to sell organic products and 15 stalls under ‘Tribal Art and Craft’ of the mela to showcase their traditional handicraft.
The Idital Painting of Lanjia Saura — from Rayagada district, which had received the prestigious GI tag from the Registrar of Geographical Indications, Chennai witnessed a good sale. Similarly, another GI tag recepients Embroidered Shawl of vulnerable Dongaria Kondh also attracted visitors this time.
Apart from the tribal products, ‘Tribal Huts’ showcasing tribal lifestyle turned centre of attraction for the urban children.
The tribal crafts include Lanjia Saura painting from Gunupur, wooden work from Thuamul Rampur, santhal handloom products from Kaptipada, Dokra art from Baliguda, Mirgan handloom from Jeypore, Gond art from Keonjhar, bamboo and cane handicrafts from Sundargarh, Sabai craft from Sureidihi near Baripada in Mayurbhanj district.
The fair was organised by the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare department.