Tribal Dance Festival is taking a magnificent shape of an international event, wherein international folk artistes from 23 states of India and six other countries, including Uganda, Belarus, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, will portray respective tribal folk culture.

This first-ever Tribal Dance Fest will have a splendid inauguration. On the occasion, artistes from various states and the countries will march past in their traditional attires.

This colourful cultural mega event is being       organiswed from December 27 to 29 at Science College Ground from 10am to 8.30pm. Nearly 1400 artistes of 151 art troupes from 23 states of the country and guest artistes from six countries will participate.

Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday reviewed the preparations for National Tribal Dance Fest and directed the officials concerned to ensure proper arrangements for comfort and convenience of the participant artistes and guests as well as the audiences. Urban Administration Minister Dr Shivkumar Daharia was also present.

Secretary, Culture Department Siddhartha Komal Pardeshi informed that prizes for winners will be distributed on the concluding day of the event. The prizes include first prize of Rs 5 lakh, second prize of Rs 3 lakh, third prize of Rs 2 lakh and consolation prize of Rs 25 thousand.

Each team will consist of nearly 50 artistes.

Pardeshi informed that artistes can register for the event through the online registration system. Till now, 1310 artistes have done online registration. The venue would have seating capacity of nearly 4000 people, along with food zone, shilp gram, book exhibition, stalls of forest produce, industrial promotion, Chhattisgarh’s history, tourism, culture, cuisine, etc.

The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, DIG DM Awasthi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Gaurav Dwivedi, Principal Secretary Manoj Pingua and other senior officials.