New Delhi : As India is celebrating the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Aadi Mahotsav has won many hearts among the residents of Delhi, It was evident by the crowds who have been thronging the National Tribal Festival ever since November 16, 2021. A daily footfall of over 10,000 and going upto 20,000 has been recorded. With the weather turning cool, Delhi-ites have chosen to visit this open-air festival and have been savouring the wonderful, ethnic tribal products on display.
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, the Aadi Mahotsav registered a record number of sales of over Rs60 lakhs, the highest ever in any edition of Aadi Mahotsav.
With more than 200 stalls from across the country and about 1000 artisans and artists participating with their unique stories, the AadiMahotsav is a way to draw the Adivasis into the mainstream. Showcasing traditional art and handicrafts and cultural heritage of the country, this festival connects the tribal artisans with larger markets and brings to focus the diversity and richness of the tribes of India.
Representing the basic ethos of tribal life, this fortnightlong festival currently on at DilliHaat, New Delhi, featuresthe exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery from across 28 states of the country and gives a ringside view into their rich tribal cuisine.
With four days remaining for this edition of the Tribes India Aadi Mahotsav to come to a close, it is evident that the tribal festival has won many hearts among the residents of Delhi. As the final weekend is here, the footfall to the festival is expected to substantially increase and people are expected to visitDilliHaatto enjoy a day filled with rich tribal craft, culture and cuisine. The main focus is the wide variety of tribal arts and handicrafts being showcased in the fortnight-long festival that celebrates the spirit of tribal crafts, culture, and cuisine.
The Aadi Mahotsav is a mini-India where the exquisite craft traditions of tribal artisans – weavers, potters, puppeteers, and embroiders – are all in one place. With a wide range of artefacts like paintings be it in the Warli style or Pattachitras; jewellery handcrafted in the Dokra style to bead necklaces from the Wancho and Konyak tribes to the famous Toda embroidery from the South; from virgin coconut oil of the Nicobar Islands to multi flavoured nutra-beverages of north-east;from colourful puppets and children’s toys to traditional weaves such as Dongri ashawls, Bodo weaves,
Kota Doria from Rajasthan;iron craft from Bastar to bamboo craft and cane furniture; pottery such as blue pottery and Longpipottery from Manipur, the festival is a feast for the senses.
A highlight of this festival has been the special celebrations and performances that have been slotted for several days. These included the Sports Persons day, Defence Day, Tourism and Media Day Besides this, as a part of the festival, a grand fashion show by GraminVikasChetnaSanstha, Badmer has been planned for 28th November.
The Aadi Mahotsav- A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture and Commerce is on at Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi till the 30th November, 2021 from 11 am to 9 pm.