India’s first ever tribal queen contest organised in Bhubaneshwar

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Bhubaneswar (Odisha), Jun 26 (ANI): In a unique initiative, Bhubaneswar hosted the first-of-its-kind contest in the country, ‘Adi Rani’ 2018, Kalinga Tribal Queen Contest’ where more than hundred Tribal girls participated out of which twenty contestants walked on the ramp at Utkal Mandap on Sunday evening to showcase their rich tribal culture and tradition. The event was supported by the schedule caste and schedule tribe department, Government of Odisha and the State Tourism Department. The contest saw participants from different parts of the country represent their tribe in the finale round.“Today, we have created history. We have conducted a national level programme highlighting tribal cultures of our country. A ‘rani’ or a ‘queen’ is not only about beauty. Usually, when we talk about tribes, we represent them through their dance or art form. Through this contest, we have tried to give them their individual identity,” said Dr. Chidatmika Khatua, Chief Secretary General of the award committee. Besides the crowning of the winners, special awards were also given in seven different categories – tribal attire, photogenic face, best skin, best personality, best presentation of ornaments, best presentation of own culture and best in talent.

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