Celebration of the art and culture of the tribes in India!!
Aadi-Mahotsav 2021 is in its full bloom, in the bazaars of Delhi Haat! Aadivaasi-Mahotsav is precisely a fest that brings the tribes closer to the urban masses!
TRIFED, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India organizes this event since 2017. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, even Aadi-Mahotsav could not be organized physically. It was organized virtually, for the very first time. Held for 10 days starting from 1st December. Hence, it was launched virtually by Shri Arjun Munda, Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs.
But, as said that bad times don’t last long, and good things return to the place they belong. Hence, proving the same notion, Aadi-Mahotsav is back at Delhi Haat! To go along with the Call of the Prime Minister to turn Vocal For Local, TRIFED is organizing Aadi-Mahotsav from 1st to 15th February 2021.
Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Vice President of India inaugurated the Aadi-Mahotsav, this year. The other dignitaries present were Shri Arjun Munda, Hon’ble Minister for Tribal Affairs, Smt Renuka Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.
Also, Shri Ramesh Chand Meena, Chairman, TRIFED, and Shri R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Aadi-Mahotsav or Aadivasi Mahotsav- what it actually is?
It is like an exhibition. Especially, to showcase the talents of the tribal communities (Aadivaasi).
India is a land of cultures and traditions. On one hand, the entire world knows this fact. Still, a lot of communities are not even known and recognized in India!! Thus, exploring their cultures remains far-off! Therefore, TRIFED, under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, took the initiative to bring such tribes in front of the world.
Aadi-Mahotsav, held annually, acts as a stage for the craftsmen and artisans. From Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in North to Tamil Nadu and Kerala in the south. And from the Seven Sisters in the East to the Scorching Thar in the West. Hence, the cultures of the known and unknown tribes can be seen in this fun-fair.
This event acts like a bridge that reduces the differences and brings closer the Tribals and the Urban.
A lot of new and interesting information comes to us via this educational fair. Also, one gets to interact with these individuals and know more about the way they work. The artisans get a market. Hence, bringing them monetary benefits. Ultimately, empowering them.
The Fun-Fair-> Inside tour of Aadi-Mahotsav 2021
Handicrafts and artistic stuff are not the only limitations in the fair! It has a lot more to offer!
Though, the silks and jute textiles, the handcrafted jewelry, and the intricately designed decoratives attract a lot of tourists. But, the food stalls called Aadi-Vyanjan, are no different! Tasting such a variety of dishes is surely a dream come true for all the foodies out there!
Apart from being a food paradise, the fair also offers you entertainment. Through the dances and songs, the music encompassing the serenity of the place surely gives goosebumps. It is like traveling to the place- the song came from, without moving a step!
The Aadi-Mahotsav 2021 fair is open to one and all! While keeping all the precautions, it has turned out to be a wonderful event. The general ticket for entry into the fest is 30 Rs. for adults and 20 Rs. for children. A chance for the people of the capital to Go Vocal for Local! Altogether, it is a must-visit fair!
Author– Apexa Rai
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