Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala


Gadhika-2017, a ten-day folk arts festival of the tribal communities, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan at Pathanapuram on October 23. To encourage the art forms and craftsmanship of tribal communities, the festival was organised by the Department for Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes and Backward Classes and KIRTADS. Gadhika is a tribal art from practised by the Adiya tribal community of North Kerala to drive away severe diseases and also for the general goodness of their village.

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