#AadiMahotsav: A celebration of tribal culture, cuisine and creativity | Latest Delhi News
Promoting tribal craftsmanship, culture and spirit, the annual Tribes India Aadi Mahotsav in the capital shatters the perception around tribals or adivasis, being primeval forest dwellers and connects them with buyers and adds to their flow of income.
For Gulshan Kumar, a tribal textile craftsman based in Lahaul Spiti, who has participated since 2015, the exhibition is a way for generations to continue their craftsmanship. He says, “Coming to the festival increases our income, which also helps the next generations not to reject our traditional crafts. ”
One of 1,000 participating artisans from over 20 states in India, Kumar exhibits handmade shawls and woolen clothing from the Himalayan region.
The exhibition at Dilli Haat, INA sees the sale of vibrant tribal crafts, art, paintings, fabrics and jewelry at 200 stalls.
Rajesh Yalam’s team, a Gond tribe from Bastar, Chhattisgarh, sell local tribal food. ” I visited [the exhibition] for three years. We sell mahua tea and laddus, rice alcohol and chapda chutney, made from red ants. Events like these improve the situation in the country, as they increase demand and, in turn, contribute to rozgaar (livelihood), ”Yalam explains.
Along with the e-commerce revolution, tribal artisans are also learning how to use digital payments through the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED). “We digitized the payments for tribal artisans and also made their rates available online. There will be a fair price set by TRIFED for each item, so no negotiations take place with these sellers, ”informs Pravir Krishna, MD, TRIFED.
Catch it live
What: Tribes India Aadi Mahotsav 2021
Where: Dilli Haat, INA, New Delhi
Until: November 30
Schedule: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Nearest metro station: Dilli Haat INA on the yellow and pink lines
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