In a boost to the tourism in the region, Leh-Ladakh is set to host a 9-day ‘Aadi Mahotsav’, the National Tribal Festival which will feature artists from over 20 states the country, a press release by the government has said.
The festival will be inaugurated by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K), Shri Satya Pal Malik in the presence of Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda and Renuka Singh, Minister for State for Tribal Affairs. The nine day event will be held from 17 August till 25 August.
Apart from tribal crafts from Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Nagaland, Maharastra among others, the event will also have two reputed local cultural troupes presenting Ladakhi folk dances.
The troupes will perform Jabro Dance - a nomadic dance and song of people inhabiting eastern Ladakh and Spawo dance, a heroic song and dance associated with a legendary hero of Himalayan region called K’sar. Folk dances from other regions like Flower Dance, Abex Dance/song, Ghazal Dance, Aleyyatoo will also be hosted subsequently.
While the two districts of the Union Territory of Ladakh, Leh and Kargil, had stayed calm during the bifurcation of J&K state, there were stray reports of some protests in Kargil district. The festival will help bring in more visitors to the upcoming UT and restore normalcy to other areas of the J&K too.