Through Express news service

BHAWANIPATNA: Bodo dance from Assam, Paik dance from Jharkhand and Bajasal from Kalahandi were a visual and rhythmic treat for art lovers and locals on the second day of the three-day National Tribal Tribal Dance and Music Festival in Junagarh, Kalahandi district.

The three-day carnival, organized by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi (OSNA) in collaboration with Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, was inaugurated on Friday by Energy Minister Dibya Shankar Mishra.

At the launch of the festival, Mishra said the aim is to showcase the unexplored wealth of tribal culture and heritage in our country. He also spoke about the treasure of Kalahandi tribal folk traditions.

In his speech, OSNA Secretary Prabodh Rath stressed the need to document the various forms of tribal dance and revive those on the brink of extinction.

The audience feasted on the Bhortal dance of Assam, the Raibenshe martial dance of West Bengal, the Durua dance of Malkangiri and Mogul Tamsa of Bhadrak on the inaugural day.

On Saturday, Minister of Culture and Tourism Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi and Odisha Sangeet President Natak Akademi, Dr Ramakrishna Sahu, attended the event as the main guest and keynote speaker respectively.

The festival saw a unique fusion of folk and tribal cultures from various states. Among others, SMA Sarat Chandra Srichandan and journalist Uma Shankar Kar were present.