Bhubaneswar: The annual Adivasi Mela (tribal fair) kicked off with several cultural programmes and stalls showcasing the tribal lifestyle, their culture and foods here on the Republic Day evening.
Around 180 stalls have been set up this year at the Exhibition Ground in Unit III area of Bhubaneswar. There are 24 mud houses with thatched roofs at the venue showcasing tribal lifestyle and culture.
The tribal men and women are found selling the forest products at 34 stalls. Similarly, the tribal self-help groups have set up 28 stalls at the event. 36 stalls have been set up by the State government displaying various handicrafts items made by the tribals.
The opening day registered thousands of visitors at the venue after the official inauguration of the Adivasi Mela by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday evening.
The visitors rushed to the ground to purchase the indigenous and organic products including turmeric, chilly, jhuna (dry abstracts from stem fluid of sal trees), food items, tribal jewellery and wooden crafts during the event.
The 15-day-long fair is expected to make a record-breaking business this year. It will conclude on February 9.