LEH, Aug 25: The 9-day Aadi Mahotsay (Tribal Festival) a joint initiative of the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, successfully concluded today.
Inaugurated by Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Monde on August 17, it was the first ever festival organised by Tribal Ministry to support the Tribal artisans of Ladakh on the theme ‘A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture, Cuisine and Commerce’, in which rare folk art and craft of respective States were displayed.
As many as 200 artists and artisans, drawn from around 18 States of the country, including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh (MP), Odisha, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal and North-Eastern States participated in the festival. The traditional tribal jewellery, rare of the rarest craft items and artefacts were the attraction for visitors. Apart from handicrafts, the tribes gather from the forests a range of forest produces which include various tree-borne products like flowers, fruits, seeds, barks and leaves and various insect produces like honey were in large demand during the festivals.
In the evening, culture programme showcasing the diversity of different region presenting unique dance and song enthralled the audience.