Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the annual Adivasi Mela, an annual tribal fair at the Exhibition Ground here.
People of the 62 tribes, including 13 primitive tribal groups (PTGs), gather at the ground to spread out their ethnic mosaic. The fair is considered as the oldest and the most colorful festival of tribal people.
Paintings, sculptures and décor works made of wood, horns and metal are also a highlight of the exhibition. However, the tribal houses that show the huts of the Lanjia Saura, Juangs, Kandha, Santhal, Desia and many more are the prime attraction at the fair. Cultural programmes showcasing dance, songs and rituals of festivities of various tribal communities will also be held in every evening at the fair. The fair continue till February 9.