Report by Basanta Rath; Nabarangpur: The Mondei festival and Pallishree mela began here on Friday. The inaugural puja was performed at Maa Bhandara Gharani the presiding deity of this district. The rituals were performed at the temple to obtain the divine ordain (Agyanmala) of the deity.
Chief guest SC and ST development minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, MP Balabhadra Majhi,Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, Chairman of Estimate Committee and Bahmagiri, MLA Sanjaya Das Burma, Dabugam MLA Bhujabala Majhi, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, Chairperson of Zilla Parishad, Bhagabati Bhatra, Chairperson of tribal development council Motiram Nayak, Chairperson of Odisha Cashew development corporation Muna Khan,Collector Ajit
Kumar Mishra, present at inaugural puja and procession.
The colourful carnival procession moved to Mahatma Gandhi Marga, passed through the main road thoroughfares of the town and reached near the festival podium at Police ground. Besides the traditional folk dance troupes’ students from various schools, colleges and members of various outfits participated in the procession. The Mondei
carnival reached Mondei Rangamanch in the evening. The symbolic Mondei Mahotshav Bima, Bhimani, were installed near the Mondei ground. Later Palishree Mela was inaugurated by the Chief Guest.
Speaking on the occasion Minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi, said through Mondei, the district showcases the hidden talent and also reaches out to the people to create awareness about the different government schemes. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition, Majhi said.
Chairperson of district planning committee and local MLA Manahar Randhari, narrated different developmental steps of state government to improve health, education, transportation, electrification, facility of this district. Nabarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi, said MP Balabhadra Majhi, said the district which completes 22 years of its formation, could proudly claim that it produced patriots, freedom fighters, eminent men of letters and harbingers of its rich culture. The very ethos behind this
spectacular show is to afford a scope for every hidden talent to bloom unhindered. This also offers an opportunity for the rural poor for free mingling with the town-bred and more importantly for cultural exchange. Mondei is now people’s festival he added.
Presiding the meeting collector and chairperson of district council of culture Ajit Kumar Mishra, said that ‘Mondei’ festival strives toproclaim the rich heritage of art, culture and tradition of Nabarangpur district. Through an appropriate platform it spreads the message of love and friendship, unit and integrity, peace and
tranquillity, prowess and prosperity. By drawing in varied classical forms of art from different parts of Odisha and other states and showcasing them, Mondei stands out as an emblem of India’s rich cultural legacy. This process not only enriches the local heritage but attempts to build Nabarangpur into a strong and prosperous district by showing the seeds of love and brotherhood among all.
As many as eight cultural troups performed their dances in day one. Some of the attractions of the festival were Dandia dance, Nagaland Tribal dance, Dhemsa, Gotipua and Ghumara dances. District Supply and Marketing Society (DSMS) is organising the five- day Pallishree Mela on the sidelines of the festival. This year, 200 stalls selling household articles, forest produce and food products have been set up at the mela. A tele film cd based on developed Nabarangpur was inaugurated by the guests.