Location: Koraput district, Orissa
Significance: It showcases the cultural heritage of various
Highlights: A number of cultural events like quiz shows, book
fair, art exhibitions and seminars
Parab Tribal Festival is an annual festival that is usually organized
in the Koraput district of Orissa. It was initiated in the year 1996 and
the credit for organizing it goes to the district council of Koraput.
Also known as the festival of festivals, it provides a fabulous
opportunity to the locals as well as the tourists to catch glimpses of
the rich cultural heritage of the various tribal communities inhabiting
the amazing state of Orissa.
It showcases not only the arts and crafts of various tribes, but also
their traditional practices. The best thing about Parab Tribal Festival
is that it provides a platform to even the small tribal groups of
Orissa, with different cultural values and life experiences, to come in
focus and thereby help in the preservation of their indigenous culture.
The festival is gaining so much popularity with time that it is almost
on the verge of being declared a national festival.
The highlights of this festive occasion consist of the distinctive
cultural events, ranging from essay and debate competitions, seminars,
book fair, quiz shows and boat races to art exhibitions, poetry
competitions, folk music and dance performances etc. The art exhibitions
bring in light the distinctive art forms that were earlier unknown to
the people. All these cultural programmes and competitions are conducted
at gram panchayat, block and district levels.