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Odisha Mela and Festival Details – Paraba Festival : The Sacred Festival Show of Odisha Tribal & Started from November 16 to 18 #Parab #Tribal #Koraput #Odisha
More About Paraba Festival 2014 :-
PARAB-Koraput, a State Level Tribal Festival, a festival of indigenous people of Koraput, (Odisha), is being organised by District Council of Culture, Koraput since 1996. It is a leading festival of the State and is unique in its aim of spotting hidden talents in the field of art, culture and sports at the grass-root level as well as to promote the rich cultural heritage of this region.
Objective Of Parab Festival –
Paraba Koraput_KORAPUT One can have the taste of tribal food during this years Parab festival at Koraput

The objective of PARAB is to give scope to the talented youth lying idle in the rural areas and to encourage them to come forward and join hands with the district administration to attain the ultimate goal of nation building. In a month-long festival large numbers of people participate in the festival. About 60,000 artists and sportspersons participate in the G.P./ Block/ULB and District level competitions and celebrations. This shows PARAB’s popularity Conduct of competitions in traditional tribal events like tribal music, dance, art and craft, traditional sports, etc has helped in preserving the heritage of this region against the threat of extinction and deculturisation due to rapid industrialization, urbanization and other cultural invasions.

Besides various cultural programmes like tribal and folk dance festival, Craftmela, Pallishreemela, Book-fair, Artist camp-cum-Art Exhibition, Seminar, Boat Race, Mini Marathon, Cycle Race, Kabi Sammelan, Tribal Workshop, Seminar etc are being organised by inviting eminent artists and troupes from and outside the State. It is a forum of interaction and exchange among different kinds of tribal culture from all over the country. The District Council of Culture, Koraput is one of the leading councils of the State for the promotion of art, culture and literature and its brainchild “PARAB”, brought a cultural revolution in the State.

Parab Festival 2014 News
Koraput: Showcasing unique cultural shows by tribal artists, Parab festival got off to a colourful start at the famous Goddess Dakhina Kali temple of Jeypore in Koraput district on Sunday.

Hundreds of tribals in their traditional attire danced to the tune of their music as Jeypore MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati and Koraput MP Jhina Hikaka performed the “first ritual” by lighting the festival torch.

The sacred Parab torch was brought to the High School ground at Jeypore in a huge procession. Parab-2014 will feature a number of sports events tribal dance, songs, music with traditional instruments apart from archery and trekking.

“The festival torch will be lit at the temple. The festival-cum-competition will go on till December 15 at the panchayat, block and district-levels. The grand finale will be held between December 16 and December 18 at the Koraput stadium,” said collector (Koraput) Yamini Sarangi.

“Parab provides a platform for the local tribal artists to showcase their talents and all efforts will be made to ensure that this year?s festival is remembered for its participation and gets the status of a national festival,” said Koraput district Collector Yamini Sarangi.

The festival-cum-competition at the block and district-level will be celebrated till December 15 before the grand finale which will be celebrated from December 16 to 18 at the stadium ground here. PTI