Nabarangpur: The annual five-day tribal festival Mondei – 2011 kicked off in Nabarangpur on Tuesday after local dance troupes went with the traditional march from Sadashiva Tripathy Park to the Mondei Ground. Minister of Tourism, Prafulla Samal, along with Minister of Information Technology Ramesh Chandra Majhi, local MLAs Manohar Randhari, Bhujabala Majhi, Chairperson of Nabarangpur Municipality Prahallad Tripathy, and District Collector Sibabrata Dash attended the inaugural function.

The Procession saw folk dances by villagers, and by a number of tribal musical parties. Also, various tribal fancy shows were performed along the way before the carnival reached the Mondei Rangamancha in the evening.

“Explore Nabarangpur” published by NGPURNEWS was inaugurated at the function. Troupes from Uttarakhand, West Bihar, Himanchal Pradesh, Sambalpur, Bhanjanagar, Kokshora, Chandahandi and Nabarangpur Municipality participated.