200 tribal artisans, musicians to participate in Aadi Mahotsav 2018

Tribal people constitute over 8 percent of India’s total population. The tribal development is an essential component to achieve the object of inclusive development or Sabka Vikas.

“Aadi Mahotsav” a National Tribal Festival is being organized in New Delhi by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine, and commerce. The Mahotsav will start from 16-30 November 2018 at Dilli Haat, INA; from 21-30 November 2018 at Nehru Park and from 16-19 November 2018 at Central Park, New Delhi. 

The Mahotsav comprises of display and sale of items of tribal art and craft, tribal medicine & healers, tribal cuisine and display of tribal folk performance, in which tribal artisans, chefs, folk dancers/musicians from 23 States of the country are participating and providing a glimpse of their rich traditional culture. 

Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs told that the theme of the festival is: “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce”. The Mahotsav features exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through 100 stalls. Over 200 tribal artisans and artists from different States creating a Mini-India are participating in the festival. 

More than 600 Artisans from 23 States, 80 Tribal Chefs from more than 20 States and 14 Dance Troupes comprising more than 200 Artists will participate in the Mahotsav. The highlights of the Mahotsav are – Live demo for making Mahua wine, TAA Ras and Candy Mahua Imli Chutney etc; Live demo for making Lac bangles; Painting demo for 4 different school of painting i.e. Worli, Pithora, Gond and Saura; Fashion show for tribal textiles, fashion accessories etc. (23rd November) and Tribal Cuisines making and sale from different States. 

Tribal products being displayed at Mahotsav include - Heritage collection of Sarees like Bhandara, Maheshwari Bagh, Sambalpuri, Tassar, Cotton Kantha; Silk and cotton textiles from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, West Bengal; Men’s collection includes cotton, woolen and silk Jackets, Kurtas from MP, Rajasthan and Jharkhand; Bell Metal from Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh; Paintings from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Odisha and MP; Woolens from HP, Uttaranchal and J&K; Honey, spices dry fruits etc. from different States; Tribal Jewellery from Himachal, Odisha, North-East, MP, Telangana; Pottery from Manipur, Rajasthan; Home Furnishing from Rajasthan, North East, MP, UP; Bags collection from Gujarat, Telangana, Jharkhand; and Grass Mat and Coir collection from West Bengal, Jharkhand and Kerala. 

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