The National Tribal Dance Festival
The third edition of the National Tribal Dance Festival (NTDF), hosted by the Chhattisgarh government in the state capital, Raipur, ended on November 3, 2022.
The 3-day festival featured several artists from various tribal communities all over India and guest artists from countries like Mozambique, Russia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Indonesia, Togo, India. Egypt, Maldives and Serbia on one platform.
Tribes from Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Gujrat, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Kerala, Karnataka Haryana and Madhya Pradesh presented their forms of dance during this festival. This is in addition to the special performance of guest countries Mozambique, Russia and Mongolia on the tribal dance stage.
New to the festival this year was the promotion of Rural Olympics. Visitors were able to participate and try out tribal games, in an attempt by the state to bring them closer to other cultures.
Bhupesh Baghel, Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, said: “Tribal culture is deeply rooted in Chhattisgarh. Our government has taken several initiatives and launched many programs to ensure the comprehensive development of the tribes over the past three years. The National Tribal Dance Festival is an effort to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the tribes. Today the tribes get good prices for their forest products. We have created a better market for them by adding value to forest products. The tribes were given forest rights to help them move forward without fear and live a dignified life.
Tamradhwaj Sahu, Minister of Tourism of Chhattisgarh, said, “The National Tribal Dance Festival has been a key initiative in boosting tourism in the state and generating employment opportunities for the local population. The Chhattisgarh Tourism Board recognizes the growing demand for special community experiences. We invite people to come and join us in the National Tribal Dance Festival celebrations and also to explore the tribal areas of the state to experience tribal culture and traditions.
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In its 3rd edition, the festival features several artists from various tribal communities across India and guest artists from countries like Russia, New Zealand, Indonesia, etc.