Parab is a platform in taking the fruits of administration to the tribal communities in rural Koraput and was a fit model for replicating even in a developed state like Maharashtra, said Rajendra Gavit, Tribal Development Minister of Maharashtra while attending the State-level tribal festival at Koraput on Sunday evening.
While admitting that adequate measures were not yet been done across the nation in building right kind of atmosphere so as to facilitate the real development of tribal people, Mr. Gavit said that festivals of great stature with a link to the grassroots realising the strength in each individual and collective existence in the respective communities could be a great step in the right direction.
Ume Baye, State representative of Unicef appreciated the participation of children and youth in exhibiting their talent from school and college level to the State-level platforms like Parab.
Recalling her past experience as the district Collector of Koraput and having been involved in carrying out the huge task of sharing the responsibility of organising in collaboration with the members of the civil society in the past while celebrating the festival in the district, Usha Padhee, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, Department of School and Mass Education, Government of Odisha appreciated the role of district administration and others in creating platforms for recognition of the festival by the people at the grassroots. Without such a support and ownership at the grassroots it would not have been possible to cross 17 steps in the ladder of progress and building Parab from strength to strength, she added.
As a part of the cultural evening show, Odishi dance by noted dancer Sujata Mahapatra and team in addition to a host of tribal dances kept the audience spell bound till midnight before the flag of Parab – 2012 was brought down by Sachin Jadhav, district Collector of Koraput and handed over the same to Koraput Cultural Society for continuing the festival next year.