9-day Tribal Festival to begin today at Leh Polo Ground

Managing Director, TRIFED, Pravir Krishna, addressing a press conference at Leh. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin
Managing Director, TRIFED, Pravir Krishna, addressing a press conference at Leh. -Excelsior/Morup Stanzin

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, Aug 16: The nine-day Tribal Festival ‘Aadi Mahotsav’, a joint initiative of Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) is scheduled to start from tomorrow i.e. August 17 at Polo ground, Leh-Ladakh.
The event will be inaugurated by Governor Satya Pal Malik and Arjun Munda, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs in the presence of Renuka Singh, Minister for State for Tribal Affairs and RC Meena, Chairman TRIFED. This was disclosed today by Managing Director, TRIFED, Pravir Krishna, while addressing media persons at Leh.
The MD said that the event will see around 160 Tribal artisans from more than 20 states across the country, actively participating and showcasing their masterpieces. The product range will comprise of Tribal Textiles from Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal, etc, Tribal Jewellery from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and North East, Tribal Paintings like Gond Art from Madhya Pradesh, Warli Art from Maharashtra, Metal Craft from Chhattisgarh, Black pottery from Manipur, Naturals and Organic products from Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
The event will have two reputed local cultural troupes presenting Ladakhi folk dances. The troupes will perform Jabro Dance – a nomadic dance and song of people inhabiting eastern Ladakh) and Spawo dance, a heroic song and dance associated with a legendary hero of Himalayan region called K’sar. Further, in the coming days other dance performances like Flower Dance, Abex Dance/song, Ghazal Dance, Aleyyatoo will be performed.
The theme of the festival is “A celebration of the spirit of Tribal Craft, Culture and Commerce. TRIFED essentially is to play a role of a Service provider and Market Developer”.
During the event, which will conclude on August 25, a Tribal Artisan Mela (TAM) Camp will be organized for livelihood generation of tribal artisans of Ladakh. During TAM, the artisans shall be identified and empanelled and their products will be selected for marketing through Retail Chain Network of TRIFED.
National Scheduled Tribes Finance Development Corporation (NSTFDC) shall also be holding an awareness camp for promoting the financial schemes being implemented by NSTFDC, under which the tribal artisans and Van Dhan SHGs of Ladakh can avail financial assistance at concessional interest rates.