State-Level PVTG Dance Festival Inaugurated

Bhubaneswar: This year, the ST & SC Development Department has organized State level PVTG Dance Festival which was inaugurated by Department Secretary Ranjana Chopra at Rabindra Mandap on Monday.

Out of 62 Tribal Communities in Odisha 13 are PVTGs. They are Bonda, Didayi, Dongaria Kondha, Lanjia Saora, Saora, Kutia Kandha, Paudi Bhuyan, Chuktia Bhunjia and Hill Khairia Mankridia, Lodha and Birhor. Odisha houses highest number of PVTGs in the country.

Among the PVTGs are comparatively socio-economic backward in comparison with STs. They thrive on their Indigenous Knowledge system. They have written their cultural identity, Government is taking suitable step for preservation of their culture and livelihood enhancement.

The dance and song are their natural instinct. They enjoy their leisure time with performing dance and songs, amidst their development process and cultural revivalism. They written their art of dance and song for preservation in their performing arts and promotion of dance and songs SCSTRTI is organizing a 2 day long Dance Festival on 23rd and 24th May 2022. Each day different dance forms will be staged during the event.

Among others, P Arthanari, Programme Director (PMU), TDCCOL was the Guest of Honour, Prof. (Dr.) A.B. Ota, Director and Spl. Secretary, SCSTRTI presented the welcome address. Guha Punam Tapas Kumar, Director (ST), ST and SC Development Department offered vote of thanks. Officials from ST &SC Development Department, SCSTRTI and ATLC provided logistic and managerial support in this mega event.