Odisha: Tribals busy in making their huts for Adivasi Mela 2024

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 23, 2024 IST

Adivasi Mela 2024

Bhubaneswar, Jan 23: Preparations are in full swing for the annual Adivasi Mela 2024 that will kick start from January 26 here at the Adivasi Exhibition Ground in Unit - I.

This year, tribal houses of 10 different categories will be showcased in the tribal trade fair and a total of 180 stalls will be set up.

Tribals taking part from Sundargarh, Gajapati, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada, Malkangiri, Kandhamal, Nuapada, Koraput, Keonjhar are busy in making their indigenous houses ahead of the fair.

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. It showcases the colorful tribal art and craft, forest and tribal produces and tribal cuisines along with stage performances of cultural programs and tribal dances during the evening hours.

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