Location : Koraput
Time: November-December
Description : PARAB, the annual cultural festival of Koraput district which showcases tribal art and culture. This festival is a State Level Tribal Festival, a festival of indigenous people of Koraput, (Odisha), is being organised by 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 aim of the festival is to protect and promote the region's rich cultural heritage.

The objective of PARAB is to give scope to the talented youth lying idle 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. In a month-long festival large numbers of people participate in the festival. About 60,000 artists and sportspersons participate in the G.P./ Block/ULB 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 and deculturisation due to rapid industrialization, urbanization and other cultural invasions. Besides various cultural programmes like tribal and folk dance festival, Craftmela, Pallishreemela, Book-fair, Artist camp-cum-Art Exhibition, Seminar, Boat Race, Mini Marathon, Cycle Race, Kabi Sammelan, Tribal Workshop, Seminar etc are being 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 culture 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”, brought a cultural revolution in the State.

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