Bhubaneswar hosted the first annual national tribal dance – Odisha

Shyamhari Chakra, The Hindu, BHUBANESWAR, December 12, 2012

Adding further excitement to the festive fervour of the State in December – better known as the festival season in Odisha – two major dance festivals kicked off in and around the capital city here on Monday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated both the events.

At the Utkal Mandap, the first annual national tribal dance festival kicked off to a colourful start with the immensely popular Hojagiri dance of Tripura and dances of the Durua and Kondh tribal communities of Odisha. “We launched this festival as a State-level event a few years ago and it received rave response instantly that prompted us to concert it to a national level festival,” stated Commissioner of Tribal Affairs Santosh Kumar Sarangi, the brain behind the festival.

With tribal people constituting nearly one-fourth of the State’s population and the State having as many as 42 tribal communities, Odisha boasts of a rich tribal culture, said Tribal Affairs Minister Lal Bihari Himirika. The three-day festival that is being hosted by the State Tribal Affairs Department in association with the Indian Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal (the national anthropological museum) shall feature dances of a variety of tribal communities across India. […]

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