Pune: If you love tribal arts, then here's some good news for you. The Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI) has decided to open a sale counter at the centre to create more income-generating opportunities for the tribal communities.
The TRTI officials are of the opinion that with this move, people from the tribal community will have a permanent income source, and those who wish to buy such tribal products, can find them at the cell. In this regard, the center has sent a proposal to the state government, and the government is likely to give sanction to the cell in next couple of months.
Presently, the TRTI has been conducting exhibitions of tribal products across prominent cities of the state. The center has been organising a seven-day exhibition every year in the city. In last year's exhibition, over 50 tribal communities from across the state had put their products on display. The exhibition drew it's largest response to date from people in the city.
Speaking to dna, joint director K Mahurkar of TRTI said, "Various steps are being taken to showcase tribal products and tribal culture in the state. We have been conducting special exhibitions which displayed tribal art, cultural and tribal products."
Mahurkar further said, "Considering people's response, we have decided to start a special cell for tribal products, where people can buy products at all times. This will help in promoting tribal products. Products such as warli paintings, metal and wood craft, bamboo items, tribal masks and musical instruments will be available at the cell."
Museum curator Santosh Nanaware told dna, "Around 50 tribals had participated in last year's exhibition, which registered a turnover around of Rs4.5 lakh. As a result, the permanent counter at the centre will give impetus to the tribal communities in the state."
According to the TRTI, with respect to headcount, with over 84 lakh tribals, Maharashtra has the second largest tribal population in the country. Out of 47 tribes in the state, the Warlis, Bhills, Pawaras, Konkanas, Thakars, Gonds, Madians, Korkus have developed multiple art and craft forms.