National Tribal Dance Festival: Affirming the Universality of Tribal Culture

Tribal dance groups from all over the world have started arriving in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, for the National Tribal Dance Festival, starting October 28. Preparation for this unique cultural festival has been completed at Science College Ground in Raipur. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who conceived the idea of ​​holding this festival, says the goal behind this festival is the unity of the global tribal community. Although people speak different languages ​​and have different cultures, the festival affirms the universality of the world’s tribal culture. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – the world is one family – is what this tribal unity and the rich aroma of different tribal cultures will establish.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren will be the main guest at the grand opening ceremony, which will be chaired by CM Baghel. KC Venugopal, PL Punia, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Dr. Charandas Mahant, chairman of the Chhattisgarh assembly, and others will also adorn the office. On the second day of the program, the Chief Minister of Punjab, S. Charanjeet Singh Channi, will be the main guest. The three-day festival will see performances by tribal dancers from seven foreign countries and the country’s 27 states and six Union Territories. Around 1,000 artists, including 63 foreigners, will perform.

Artists from Uganda, Uttar Pradesh, Palestine, Sikkim and Chhattisgarh will perform in the inaugural program of the National Tribal Dance Festival. The dance troupe from each State and Union territory will perform on two themes: “Vivah Sanskar” and the traditional dance of the States.

Artists from Sri Lanka, Maldives, Uzbekistan, Swaziland, Uganda, Nigeria and Palestine will also perform at the National Tribal Dance Festival. About twenty dance troupes will perform daily. About 3,500 officials were assigned to organize the event.

It will also be an opportunity for people to get acquainted with the costumes, jewelry, crafts, designs and food of the tribes. Besides various tribal dances, it will also offer tribal communities the opportunity to share their experiences in various fields including the arts, music, cinema, health, tourism and food. Thanks to this platform, they will also be able to share their thoughts on developments in their community and their projects. Tribal works will be showcased and people can get detailed information about their arts and crafts. Costumes, jewelry, designs inspired by tribal culture and crafts will be on display. This national festival will also be an opportunity for locals to get acquainted with the local and tribal food and drink of Chhattisgarh.

A senior state government official informed LA WEEK that the National Tribal Dance Festival will enhance mutual cooperation between communities and tribal organizations and explore opportunities to promote rural development, environment and tourism. Tribal artists from 25 states and 6 countries participated in the National Tribal Dance Festival in 2019. But COVID-19 and the restrictions that followed have prevented the festival from being held since then.

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