To encourage folk and tribal arts and to frame special programmes for the preservation and strengthening of the vanishing art forms and also provide with a stage to showcase their talent, a series of Festival, Seminar and Exhibition on tribal and folk arts namely, ADI VIMB were organised during the financial year 2014-15 in Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal:
‘Adi Vimba’ Festival and Seminar on Tribal and Folk Arts of Jharkhand was organized from 23rd to 25th August, 2014 at Chaibasa, Jharkhand in collaboration with Department of Art, Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Jharkhand. About 350 artists and experts participated in the festival.
‘Adi Vimba’ Festival of Folk & Tribal Dances of Andaman and Nicobar Island was organized in collaboration with the Department of Art & Culture, A & N Administration at ITF Ground, Port Blair from 29 to 31 August, 2014. The artistes from Car Nicobar and different part of Islands participated in the festival. Bangla, Tamil, Ranchi tribe, Moplah and other folk & tribal dances from A & N Islands were the main focus of the festival. About 15 troupes consisting of 250 artistes participated in the festival.
Adi Vimb was organized in collaboration with Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam at District Library Auditorium, Dhubri, Assam from 4 – 6 October, 2015. The festival presented about 35 forms of folk and tribal music and dance namely, Karbi, Tiwa (Markang Kuchi, Tiwa Kanchi Juri Jamat), Mising dance & music, Dahal Thungri dance (Bodo), Kushan & Sona Rai, Chandi Nach, Mansa Gaan, Bhawaiya, Langare/Baha, Limboo dance, Hamgar dance (Rabha), Deori, Hajong, Bihu, Goalparia songs & dance, Deodhani, Kamrupia Dhulia, Madan Kam Bhawna, Langare/Baha, Zhumur dance (Tea Tribe), Sambalpuriya dance (Tea Tribe), Santhali Baha dance, Bordoishikhla dance, Rabha dance, Wangla dance, Ojhapali and Maithali folk song & dance. The festival was followed by Seminar and Exhibition on Folk and Tribal Arts of Assam.
Adi bimba, Tripura - Festival of Tribal Arts of Tripura was organised from 8 November to 9 November, 2014 at Udaipur in collaboration with Department of Information and Culture, Government of Tripura. The festival was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt of Tripura, Sri Aghor Deb Barma. About 300 artists participated in the festival. The event was followed by an exhibition and seminar on the Tribal Arts of Tripura.
Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Kolkata organized Adi Vimba, Bihar – Festival of Tribal and Folk Arts of Bihar from 1 – 3 December, 2014 in collaboration with District administration, Bhagalpur at Town Hall, Bhagalpur. The festival was inaugurated by Shri Birendra Yadav, IAS, District Collector, Bhagalpur. About 350 artists from different parts of Bihar participated in the festival. The festival was followed by an exhibition of Tribal and Folk arts and also panel discussions.
The Adi Bimb, Manipur – festival of tribal Arts of Manipur was organized from 15-16 December at JNMDA complex, Imphal in collaboration with JNMDA, Imphal. The festival was inaugurated by a group of 27 National Awardees from the field of performing arts of Manipur. About 350 tribal artists from different parts of Manipur have participated in the festival.
The 'Adi Vimba', Sikkim- Festival of Folk and Tribal Arts on the ocassion of Maghey Sankranti Mela from 14 - 16 January, 2015 at Jorethang, Sikkim. About 600 artistes from different parts of Sikkim participated in this festival. The festival was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister, Government of Sikkim, Shri Pawan Kumar Chamling.
Festival of Folk and Tribal Arts was organized from 12 – 14 July, 2015 at Art Gallery, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. In this festival about 50 folk and tribal performances were presented namely, Baul Gaan, Bhawaiya Gaan, Kathi, Karam & Natua, Rabha Dance, Chhou (Puruliya), Bodo Nritya, Tusu & Bhadu Gaan, Kushan Pala, Kamdev Naach, Bhuimali Nritya, Bordoishikhla Nritya, Muslim Biyer Gaan, Tiwa and Karbi, Gorakkhanather Gaan, Masahn Gaan, Lepcha Dance, Nardi, Bhatiyali Gaan, Lahankari Gaan, Mechininaach & Baran Naach, Kobigaan, Fakiri Song, Jhumur Naach, Mundari Nritya, Raibenshe, Tiwa and Karbi, santhal Nritya, Alkap, Bondhuala Gaan, Tista Burir Gaan (Mecheni), Saitol Gaan, Toto Gaan & Dance, Palatiya Nritya, Jari Gaan, Mara Khaoa Gaan, Dhol, Palligiti/Kirtan, Fultigidali, Benir Putul, Chandi Naach, Gombhira, Lehong Bumani, Bonbibir Pala and Bengal Pattachitra. The festival was followed by Seminar, Exhibition and Haat Bazar on Folk and Tribal tradition of Assam.
After completion of the series in the state of Assam, Andaman & Nicobar Island, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Sikkim, Tripura and West Bengal, the Adi Vimb, Odisha was organized as a national level festival of the series.The festival was organized at Sundargarh from 20-22 December, 2014 in collaboration with TRIFED (Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India), Department of Culture, Government of Odisha, Academy of Tribal Languages and Culture, Government of Odisha and District Administration & District Council of Culture, Sundargarh, Odisha.
Apart from the artists of member states (Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Tripura, West Bengal and the Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) of EZCC, the Tribal Arts groups from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh were invited. The festival was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram. About 700 tribal artists and craftsmen have participated. The festival was followed by Panel discussions, exhibition, Crafts Mela, Food Mela, etc.