Aadi Mahotsav – UPSC Prelims

  • Aadi Mahotsav: It is an annual Tribal Festival that was started in the year 2017.
  • Organized by: It is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India & Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED).
  • Aim: It aimed to familiarise the people with the rich and diverse craft, and the culture of the tribal communities, in one place.
  • Theme: “A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Crafts, Culture and Commerce”, which represents the basic ethos of tribal life.
  • Why in news? The Vice President of India has inaugurated “Aadi Mahotsav”, a National Tribal Festival.
Key highlights of the festival:
  • Tribal Handicrafts: The festival showcased several tribal handicrafts such as:
    • Maheshwari sarees of Madhya Pradesh
    • Toda embroidery from Tamil Nadu
    • Moga silk from Assam
  • Tribal dishes: The festival also showcased several tribal dishes from different parts of the country namely:
    • Dal Pitha, Dhooska, Chilka roti from Jharkhand
    • Gurudi, Jowar papad and roti on Mahalpatta from Maharashtra, and
    • Samai urundai, Ragi kali and Thenai rice preparations from Tamil Nadu.
What is the significance of this festival?
  • Tribes constitute over 8% of our population. However, they are among the most disadvantaged sections of society.
  • Their crafts are characterised by natural simplicity, with a timeless appeal. The wide range of handicrafts which include hand-woven cotton, silk fabrics, wool, metal craft, terracotta, bead-work, all needs to be preserved and promoted.
  • Hence, TRIFED as the nodal agency is working to improve the income and livelihoods of the tribal people, while preserving their way of life and traditions.
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