Bhubaneswar: 23/11/19:Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela at the State Tribal Museum Complex here this evening.
More than 240 tribal artisans from 18 States such as Sikkim, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Manipur, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh including Odisha are participating in the 8th National Tribal Craft Mela.
Handicraft items, handloom products, iron, bamboo products, puppets, lacquer craft, tribal jewellery, dhokra, sabai and siali crafts, tribal textiles and embroidery work, tribal paintings and many more tribal products will be put on display by these tribal artisans during the seven-day long event.
Both Government and Non- Government Organizations like TRIFED, TDCC, OTDC, World Act, Anwesha, SCSTRTI and ATLC are also participating in the Mela.
ST & SC Development Minister Jagannath Saraka, departmental Principal Secretary Ranjana Chopra, Director (ST), ST & SC Development department Sachin R Yadav, Advisor-cum-Director SCSTRTI AB Ota and several other dignitaries were present at the inaugural function.
Organisers said the Mela will be opened for public from 2.00 PM to 8.00 PM every day from November 23 to 29.