Dongar-2012, the annual meet of the youth in Dandakaranya region, was inaugurated by Sanjiv Chandra Hota, former State Election Commissioner of Odisha at Koraput.
While appreciating the tribal wisdom in preserving their identity by living with their tradition and rich cultural heritage , he said purity in tribal way of life largely depended on the youth of the region and festivals like this could add strength to the efforts in this regard . Damabarudhar Gouda, a traditional healer from Gudari in Rayagada district, was honoured with this year's Dongar Samman for his rich knowledge in the science of Ayurveda and utilizing it for the benefit of the local inhabitants of the region .Young boys and girls from Koraput, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Rayagada and parts of the neighbouring states are attending the three-day programme interacting on different issues that effect their lives. They would also hold discussions for preserving and promoting the inherent strength of their culture. S. N. Rath, researcher, Kulamani Deo , former IG, Police, Sachin Jadhav, district Collector, and
K.C.Panigrahy Tribal , Koraput, director spoke. Museum
Source: The Hindu & theorissadiary.com