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Mondei 2015
District festival of Nabarangpur
19 20 and 21 January 2016
Mondei is a local festival being widely celebrated in the Nabarangpur District. The word Mondei is derived from the Hindi word ‘Mondi’ which means a small market. This festival is celebrated by large number of people worshiping a common deity among pre- historic rituals. Fair and entertainment activities with folk dances and tribal opera can be seen for the whole night in the festival. Mondei is usually celebrated after harvesting of crops. The festival is observed at different popular locations through out the District gathering men and women of the area and far off.There are various Socio Cultural organizations which play vital role in spearheading the cultural activities of the Nabarangpur District.
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Block Level Mondei-2015 begins at Nabarangpur.
Nabarangpur: 12/01/2015( Reported by Basant Rath)
Mondei the cultural festival of Nabarangpur was inaugurated from Raighar after performing a special puja in the Parua Siva shrine on Tuesday. Nabarangpur collector Ms.Rashmita Panda, with Nabarangpur MLA Manohar Randhari, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, , PDDRDA Dr.Poma Tudu, Sub-collector Gavili Parag Harsad, lighted the symbolic torch to mark the occasion. Marking the occasion a procession was brought out “Mondei Mashal” coupled with tribal folk dances and music from shiva shrine to the Panchayat Ground.
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Speaking in Gondi language Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, said that the festival provides a platform for local artists to showcase talent also providing informations on various government programmes. He demanded to develop Parua shiva shrine into eco tourist place.
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Presiding over the meeting Ms. Rashmita Panda, said it is an occasion to bring to the notice of others, besides developmental activities, the traditional art, music and cultural activities. This year the tag line of Mondei poster is the new hopes new dreams” the district administration providing all platforms to the students to achieve their goals. Through their efforts they can achieve their own as well as villages development and from village to Block and district as a whole. For the first time this year 14 MT maize procured from Raighar and Umerkote blocks.
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PDDRDA Dr.Tudu, said through Mondei the district administration create awareness about the different government schemes demonstration stalls are set up to display the schematic benefits and disseminate information and the services provided by different line departments. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition. Speaking on the occasion Nabarangpur MLA Manohar Randhari, said that Mondei provide an opportunity to congregate people from various walks of life to enjoy the exhibition, workshops and performance of varied tribal dances and music. Among others PAITDA Narayan Murmu, Sub-Collector Parag Gavali Harsad, Chairpersons of blocks spoke on the occasion. Different cultural troupes performed their dances.
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About Nabarangpur District
Situated in the greeneries of south-western Orissa, Nabarangpur District is a very spectacular District, functioning since 02.10.1992 (State Government Notification No.DRC- (44/93/14218/R). Prior to that, it was a vast sub-division of the erstwhile Koraput District. Its boundary stretches in the north to Raipur and west to Bastar Districts of Chhatisgarh. The east side of Nabarangpur touches Kalahandi and Rayagada Districts and south to the Koraput Districts of Orissa. The river Indravati forms the border between Nabarangpur and Koraput Districts. Nabarangpur District covers an area of 5294 sq km. The District has a vast area of 1583.4 sq km covered by forests. It is situated at 20.3 to 17.5 Degree North latitude and 81.27 to 84.1 East longitudes.
The Administrative headquarters of the District is located at Nabarangpur city. At present Nabarangpur District comprises one sub division (Nabarangpur), 10 tahsils and 10 blocks. As per 2011 census (provisional) Nabarangpur District has 1218762 population. More than ten types of tribes are living in the District covering half of the population. Sex ratio of Nabarangpur District is 1018. The tribes of Nabarangpur District mostly depend on cultivation and forest products for their livelihood. The border area of Nabarangpur District is somehow influenced by the language of Chhatisgarh in the west.
As per the Administrative set up is concerned there are 169 Gram Panchayats, 1 NAC (Umerkote) and 10 Police Stations in the District. The religion of the District is composite. There are Hindus, Christians and Muslims in good numbers with the tribal worshipping the Hindu gods. Like Mirganis, Snkharis, Malis and Sundhi, some other tribes such as Bhumias and Dombs are also residing here. Of these, the Mirganis appear to be a subcaste of the Dombs.
The Tribal dominating District of Nabarangpur has a relatively low literate population. The District holds total literates 490156 (Male 298688 and Female 191468). Many educational Institutes are serving in the District of Nabarangpur. The District has one Technical Institute i.e Women’s I.T.I of Umerkote. Govt. Secondary Training School, Nabarangpur and Govt. Secondary Training School, Umerkote are the professional Training Colleges running in the District. Jabahar Navadaya Vidyalaya, Khatiguda is the Central Government run special School also serving the Educational requirement of the District.
Mondei is the widely celebrated festival of Nabarangpur District. This festival is usually celebrated after the harvesting of crops.Most areas of Nabarangpur District experience the first arrival of monsoon much before the rest of the state. While the rest of Orissa gets rain due to monsoon from the Bay of Bengal, the whole of Nabarangpur gets it straight from the Arabian Sea, through the Southwest direction. The whole of this District enjoys 16912.57 mm total rainfall and 1631.40 mm normal rainfall annually. Notably the Plateaus which are located in between 2,000 and 3,000 feet remains cool round the year.
Predominantly an agricultural District, Nawarangpur has more than 90 per cent of its inhabitants depending on farming for their livelihood. The farming community largely depends on rains due to lack of irrigation facility. National Horticulture Mission is taking lots of steps to improve the cultivation of many fruits and vegetables in the District. Nabarangpur District is a treasure of many natural resources like iron, chlorite, mica, quartz etc. Heeraput village near Umerkote contains a fair deposit of hematite and limonite, each of which possesses about 60% iron. Similarly, Tentulikhunti area of Nabarangpur has fairly large deposits of granite. The north of Nabarangpur District, up to the boarder of Kalahandi, has rock beds covering layers of coarse white quartz. Tough industrially this District is not that developed, all these minerals found in the District sustains the various industries in other parts of the country.
Personalities like R.K. Biswasray, R.K.Sahu, Sadasiv Tripathy (Ex-Chief Minister of Orissa) and freedom fighters like Jagannath Tripathy (Ex-MLA), Rabisingh Majhi (Ex-Minister) and Md. Bazi Saheb (Sarvodaya and Bhoodan leader) and many unsung heroes of the freedom struggle are proud sons of this soil.
Contact Person for Mandei :District Council of Culture Nabarangpur (Chairperson) 06858223535

NB: courtesy . Basanta Ratha ,Journalist . Nabarangapur
Bhubaneswar.20/01/2016 (By: Mano Mani Singh)- A congregation of local dance troupes kicked off the three-day mega cultural festival of the district ‘Mondei-2015’ here on Tuesday with the traditional march from Maa Bhandargharni temple to mondei ground. ST/SC and Backward Class Development Minister Lalbihari Himirika, Commerce, Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi, Nabarangpur MP Balabhadra Majhi, local MLA Monohar Randhari, Umerkote MLA Subash Gond, performed puja at the temple before the colourful carnival procession moved to Mahatma Gandhi Marg. Besides the traditional folk dance troupes, hundreds of townsmen took part in the parade. The procession saw a number of tribal musical parties and various tribal fancy shows performed along the way. The Mondei carnival reached Mondei Rangamanch
in the evening. Addressing the gathering, Himrika said the festival will certainly provide an opportunity to congregate people from various walks of life to enjoy the exhibition, workshops and performance of varied tribal dances and music. Transport Minister Mr. Majhi Said Mondei is the people’s festival of Nabarangpur district. It is an occasion to bring to the notice of others, besides developmental activities, the local life-style, traditional art, music and cultural activities. Development commissioner cum additional chief secretary R Balkrishan, stress on preserving of culture and development of tourism in the district for socio-economic development of people. Presiding over the meeting Collector and chairperson of district council of culture Ms. Rashmita Panda, said Mondei strives to proclaim the rich heritage of art, culture and tradition of Nabarangpur district through love and friendship, unit and integrity, peace and prosperity. Through Mondei, the district showcases the talent at the grassroots and also reaches out to the people to create awareness about the different government schemes. Demonstration stalls are set up to display the schematic benefits and disseminate information and the services provided by different line departments. It is an opportunity for the cottage and rural industries to display their products at a Handicrafts exhibition.
Among others Commerce and transport minister, Odisha film development corporation chairman, Muna Khan, local MP Balabhadra Majhi, Koraput MP Jhina Hikka, MLAs Manohar Randhari, Subash Gond spoke on the occasion. The programme started with Odissi dance dedicated to Goddess Durga by Nrutyadham, a troupe from Bhubaneswar.

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