|May 11, 2016 at 11:49 am #6490|
The three-day Netravali Mahotsav, held from May 6 to 8, offered a platform to the traditional culture, cuisine, and handicrafts of the tribal as well as non-tribal communities of the area.
Organized by the state government’s Atal gram development agency, the festival aimed at encouraging the culture, cuisine and other traditional values inherited by the locals of Netravali. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had inaugurated the festival.
Kuyaro Gaonkar, 70, of Nunde, showed how traditional brooms, mats, and fishing gear were made. Speaking to TOI, Nunde said, “The festival has given us an opportunity to showcase our talents and skills. People enjoyed watching how brooms and mats are made using locally-available materials.”
Forest department official Ashok Velip said, “We had seeds and pods of wild indigenous trees having medicinal and other values on display at our stall. Saplings of medicinal and other plants were also on sale.”
Netravali sarpanch Shashikant Gaonkar said, “Our village panchayat has been blessed by the perennial waterfalls of Mainapee Savari and hills of Ram and Ravan with the rich and varied forms of biological wealth. We are thankful to the government for making efforts to develop Netravali area into an ideal panchayat.”
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Netravali Mahotsav celebrates with culture, cuisine and handicrafts“