The culture of any community is closely associated and assimilated with its history since time immemorial. Further the existence of culture is the base of history. Therefore, the craze to know the way of life of any community requires study and analysis of cultural history of that tribe deeply. If one thinks of cultural history of primitive tribes one must turn towards South Odisha, the hub of tribals. Koraput region being the mosaic of tribal life and culture and heritage of the country highlights its cultural heritage through PARAB.
PARAB is a State Level Tribal Festival, a festival of the sons and daughters of the soil of Koraput, (Orissa). It has been organised by the 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.
The objective of PARAB is to give an opening to the talented youth hidden 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. It is a month-long festival. More than 60,000 artists and sportspersons participate in the Gram Panchayat/ Block/Urban Local Bodies level and District level competitions and celebrations.
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 through negligence and apathy due to spread of the dark side of rapid industrialization, urbanization and other cultural invasions.
Besides various cultural programmes like tribal and folk dance festival, Craft-Mela, Pallishree Mela, Book-fair, Artist camp-cum-Art Exhibition, Seminar are also 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 cultures 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”, has brought a cultural revolution in the State.
Though organized by the District Administration, Parab has evolved into a people’s festival. It has become a symbol of cultural movement in the district, state and country and is declared as state level tribal festival. It is also a great leap in the promotion of Tourism in this incredibly beautiful land of the Dandakaranya.
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