Bhubaneswar: The State-level tribal children’s festival, Sargi Fula 2011, organised by the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) Development Department, kicked off on Monday at the Adivasi Ground here. The three-day festival was inagurated by Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the department Santosh Sarangi and Shairose Mawji, UNICEF-Odisha chief.

The chief guest released a children’s magazine named the Saragi Fula which was published by the Academy of Tribal Language and Culture.

As per the source, around 720 students accompanied by 150 teachers from institutions like ashram schools, sevashrams, residential sevashrams, SC/ST Development high schools and Ekalavya modern residential schools of all districts are taking part in the event.

Moreover, the objective of organising this event is to test the talents of the tribal children and to sharpen their skills through various activities. The participants were from classes V to X, selected from district-level competitions.

Sources said workshops on magic, music, dance, creative writing, painting, mathematics, terracotta, paper craft, photography, theatre, clay modelling, animation, creative games and child reporting was conduted by resource persons. Apart from this, students displayed different science models at the exhibitions.

“To facilitate the extra-curricular activities among tribal students in high schools, the department provides Rs. 1 lakh every year to each school,” said Sarangi.