Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated 7th Annual National Tribal Craft Mela at Tribal Museum Complex, SCSTRTI in Bhubaneswar showcasing Odisha’s rich tribal art and craft. It will strengthen the livelihood of the tribal communities by creating a sustainable market and business opportunities for tribal artisans.
“Our Tribal Museum is the best tribal museum in the entire country. We are giving it a new name i.e. the ‘Odisha State Tribal Museum’,” Patnaik said.
The Chief Minister released the Bilingual Tribal Dictionaries for Multi-Language Education and Trilingual Tribal Language Proficiency Modules in all the 21 Tribal Languages which have been formulated by the Special Development Council. Both will help in enhancing proficiency in the tribal language.
More than 150 tribal artisans from 14 states such as Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujurat, Jharkhand, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Telengana, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh including Odisha are participating in the Mela.
Handicraft items, handloom products, iron, bamboo products, pottery, lacquer craft, tribal jewellery, dhokra, sabai & siali crafts, tribal textiles and embroidery, tribal paintings and many more will be displayed by these artisans during the 7-day long event. Govt. Organizations and NGOs, like TRIFED, ORUPA, WORLD ACT, ANWESHA, MAHA SHAKTI FOUNDATION, SCSTRTI and ATLC are participating in the mela.
The main objective of the National Tribal Craft Mela is to preserve, promote and popularize tribal traditional art and crafts and help the artisans to look for better opportunities to develop their skills through cross-cultural interactions for commercial viability.
Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan, SCSTRTI Director AB Ota, other dignitaries, representative of other reputed organizations were present on the occasion.