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Koraput. Ch.Santakar, Sr.Correspondent : School and Mass Education Minister Rabi Narayana Nanda inaugurated 13-day Parab, State-level tribal festival, at the temple of Maa Kantabaunsuni at Damanjodi in Koraput block by lighting the master lamp of the festival on Wednesday.

The Minister along with Koraput M.P Jayram Pangi, MLA Raghuram Padal,Pottangi MLA Ram Kadam, ZP President Malati Majhi , District collectorparab fest1 and Distriict Council of Culture Chairman Sachin Rama Chandra Jadhav,DRDA Project Director Chudamani Seth and Koraput BDO Soojata Mishra were reached the shrine  in a colouful procession to carry the torch from the temple to ignite the master lamp. With the launching of the festival at the district, respective blocks and ULBs while carrying the fire in their torches from the master lamp would organise block and ULB-level festival in their region by conducting different competitions among children and youth in music and dance over the next three days, Sachin Jadhav, district Collector said .

Football tournament, boat race, Sishu Parab and flower show would be some of the prime focus of attraction till launching of the three-day function of the mega festival at Koraput which was scheduled to begin from 16 to 18 of this month , he added.

Apart from releasing Parab posters and banners featuring highlights of the rich contribution by promising youth of the district, Mr. Nanda administered oath of collaboration for successfully organising the festival with the officials, PRI members and others who had reached from different parts of the district .