Report by Basant Rath,Nabarangpur: Block level Mondei the annual tribal cultural festival of Nabarangpur was inaugurated from Jagannath temple of Indravati under Tentulikhunti block here on Sunday after performing rituals before the Trinity and obtained his divine ordain and lighted the symbolic torch Mondei Mashal to mark the occasion.
Marking the occasion a procession was brought out “Mondei Mashal” coupled with tribal folk dances and music passing through town reached near the festival podium at High School Ground. Later, the burning torch was installed on the podium by Chief guest St and sc development minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Chairperson of district planning committee and local mla Monohar Randhari, Dabugam mla Bhujabala Majhi, chairperson of Tentulikhunti panchayat Samiti,
Debaki Nayak, BDO Anakara Thakur, Secretary district council of culture and DIPRO, Haladhar Nial, were present.
Speaking at the function Chief Guest St and st development minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said through Mondei the district administration create awareness about the different government schemes demonstration stalls are set up to display the schematic benefits and disseminate information and the services provided by different line departments. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition.
Nabarangpur mla Randhari, said Mondei is a leading festival of the district unique in its aim of spotting hidden talents in the field of art, culture and sports at the grass-root levels as well as to promote the rich cultural heritage of this region.
Presiding over the meeting Ms.Rashmita panda said the festival provides local artistes an opportunity to interact with their counterparts from other states besides developmental activities, the traditional art, music and cultural activities.
The block level celebration of Mondei festival will continue till last week of November while the main festival will be held in December 8 to 12 at Nabarangpur town.