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Tribal Mahotsav Showcases Rich Cultural Heritage

Bhopal- The eleventh anniversary of the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum commenced with the vibrant ‘Mahua Mahotsav’, inaugurated by Tribal Affairs Minister Dr. Kunwar Vijay Shah. The five-day event aims to highlight tribal culture, art, and cuisine, inviting culture enthusiasts and tourists from across the nation.

Minister Shah emphasized the festival’s role in preserving and promoting tribal traditions, noting that the museum was constructed by tribal artisans to authentically represent their lifestyle. The inauguration included the unveiling of newly built tribal houses and iron crafts within the museum.

Director of Culture Mr. N.P. Namdev, Director of Tribal Folk Art and Dialect Development Academy Dr. Dharmendra Pare, and Curator Mr. Ashok Mishra were among the dignitaries present at the event. The festival features a crafts and cuisine fair, puppet shows, and tribal dance performances beginning each afternoon.

**Showcase of Tribal Habitat**

Seven houses representing major tribes—Gond, Bhil, Baiga, Korku, Bharia, Sahariya, and Kol—have been constructed to offer visitors an immersive experience of tribal life. These dwellings include granaries, cots, daily use items, and kitchens, showcasing the tribes’ unique lifestyles.

**Iron Craft and Mythology**

The festival also highlights iron crafts, centered around a mythological story believed by many Madhya Pradesh tribes. The narrative involves Mahadev creating the earth from soil brought by a crow, symbolizing the deep connection between tribal crafts and nature.

**Cultural Performances and Craft Fair**

The festival’s inaugural day featured Malwa folk music by Ms. Swati Ukhle and Mr. Ajay Gangulia, followed by a dance-drama depicting Queen Durgavati’s heroism. Traditional craftsmen from five states display and sell their wares, including bamboo, metal, textiles, and jewelry. The cuisine fair offers dishes from Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Orissa, and Manipur.

**Daily Program Highlights**

From June 7-10, the festival will showcase folk music and dance performances from Madhya Pradesh and other states, including Gujarat, Odisha, Telangana, and Manipur. Each evening features diverse cultural performances starting at 6:30 PM.


The ‘Mahua Mahotsav’ has the potential to boost local tourism and the economy by attracting visitors to Bhopal, promoting indigenous crafts and cuisines, and providing a platform for tribal artisans. This influx of tourists and cultural enthusiasts can lead to increased revenue for local businesses and artisans, enhancing the economic development of the region.

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