The Prime Minister inaugurated Aadi Mahotsav, the mega National Tribal Festival in Delhi.
· It is an attempt to showcase tribal culture on the national stage and it celebrates the spirit of tribal culture, crafts, cuisine, commerce, and traditional art.
· It is an annual initiative of the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Limited (TRIFED) under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The Event Showcased:
· Gift items presented to PM: Pashmina Wool from Ladakh, Patchitra painting, Dhokara Sculpture from Chattisgarh, and Shree Anna basket
· Dance Performances:
Bagurumba of Assam
Panthi Dance of Chhattisgarh
Gusadi of Telangana
Baiga Pardhauni of Madhya Pradesh
Tamang Selo of Sikkim
Siddhi Dhamal of Gujarat
Purulia Chhau of West Bengal
Harul dance of Uttarakhand
· The PM emphasized that the Aadi Mahotsav is giving strength to the unity in diversity of India while giving impetus to the idea of development with heritage.
· The special focus will be on showcasing Shree Anna, a recent government nomenclature for millets grown by tribals since 2023 is being celebrated as the International Year of Millets.
· It is a national-level apex organization functioning under the administrative control of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It acts as a facilitator and service provider for tribes to sell their product
· It aims to empower tribal people with knowledge, tools, and a pool of information so that they can undertake their operations in a more systematic and scientific manner.
· Its objective is the socio-economic development of tribal people in the country by way of marketing development of the tribal products such as metal craft, tribal textiles, pottery, tribal paintings, and pottery on which the tribals depend heavily for a major portion of their income.