3-day annual tribal fest Parab kicks off in Koraput
This is what great about India. We still have tribals, tribal culture, tribal traditions. Like this there are 1000s of communities having their own culture and religions, which have been living peacefully and flourishing for thousands of years in India. A direct comparison can be made to the tribal cultures in Americas, Africa Australia where they have been decimated to a large extent. So what is the difference between tribals survival in India and other countries.
Hence we still find tribal cultures able to celebrate their festivals as illustrated below;
The three-day grand State-level tribal festival — Parab 2008 — was inaugurated on Sunday by Energy Minister Surjya Narayan Patro. While addressing the gathering, he stressed on preserving of tribal culture and development of tourism in the district for socio-economic development of the tribals.
Patro said that both the Central and State Governments are providing sufficient funds for an all-round development of the district under different schemes. He attributed the reason for the district being underdeveloped to the lack of education among tribals.
For the development of the tribals, the Naveen Patnaik Government has introduced a law regarding rights of the tribals on minor forest produce, and 56 such produce are to be procured and sold by the tribals, which is a first of its kind in the State, he added. Patra also assured to provide rights of record of tribals on the Podu-cultivated land.
He said Parab earned a separate entity in the entire country and become the second name for Koraput as people have come to know that Parab means Koraput.
Koraput MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati, speaking as the guest of honour, expressed concern that after so many years of celebrations of Parab no hidden talents from the area could get the opportunity to participate at the State and national levels. The organiser should take care of this. He also said that there is need to develop ecotourism to strengthen the tribal economy.
Zilla Parishad president Ashok Kumar Pangi, another guest of honour, said Parab is a pride of Koraput, which earned recognition for the district in the world. Lt General Narayan Mohanty, who belongs to Dumuriput near Padmapur in the district, was felicitated with Parab Sabari Samman, while other eminent personalities of the district like Chandana Roul, J Hema Rao, G Sanjeev Kumar, Purnachandra Bidika and Siba Dhangada Majhi were felicitated with Parab Prathibha Samman. Minister Patro also released the Parab 2008 souvenir.
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