The Department for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes and KIRTADS (Kerala Institute for Research, Training and Development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes), Kozhikode, will organise ‘Gadhika 2011,' a folk arts and exhibition-cum-marketing festival, at Kadathanad Rajas High School grounds in the district from January 15 to 21. Cultural Affairs Minister M.A. Baby will inaugurate the festival.

A press release issued by the organising committee here on Wednesday said the programme was being organised to encourage the art forms and the craftsmanship of the tribal communities. Altogether, 25 stalls would be set up at the venue to showcase the artefacts designed by the tribal people, the release said.

Medical camp

The organisers said a medical camp led by 10 traditional tribal medical practitioners from Palakkad, Wayanad and Kasaragod districts would be one of the major attractions of the fete. An ethnic food fete, a facility for medicinal steam baths and a visit to the tribal museum would be the other highlights.

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes A.K. Balan would preside over the inaugural function. Forest Minister Benoy Viswom would be the chief guest. MPs and MLAs from the district would attend the inaugural function, the release said.