Leena Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, addressed Curtain Raiser Press Conference on upcoming AADI MAHOTSAV, to be organized at Dilli Haat New Delhi from 16th November 2017 to 30th November 2017, here today. Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED and other senior officials were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Leena Nair said that the festival will be inaugurated by M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India at 5.30 pm on 16th November 2017. Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs will preside over the inaugural function of the AADI MAHOTSAV in the august presence of Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor and Sudarshan Bhagat, Ministers of State for Tribal Affairs.
She also said that Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation Ltd (TRIFED), is organizing AADI MAHOTSAV a celebration of the spirit of Tribal Culture, Cuisine and Commerce.
Nair said that the festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 160 stalls. In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, for the first time the tribal merchandise stalls will be accepting payment through major credit / debit cards.
She also said that over 480 tribal artisans from over 25 States will be participating in the festival. A special feature of the festival is Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs. Nair further mentioned that tribal music and dance will be showcased at the venue every evening from 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM. Nearly 250 artists from 20 States are expected to perform during the festival.