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Jamshedpur: Two-year COVID lull sees uncountable Tusu crowd at Gopal Maidan


Sri Sri Sarvajanik Puja Committee Sosomli Rajnagar bags first prize

Jamshedpur, Jan 21: After a two-year hiatus, Gopal Maidan in Bistupur hosted the annual Tusu mela on Saturday which turned out to be a carnival of artistes and performers not only from Jharkhand but also from the neighbouring Odisha and Bengal.

The one-day Vishal Tusu Mela, organised by Jharkhandwasi Ekta Manch witnessed sea of people.

People started flocking in groups from the morning carrying their Tusu idols and the choudal.

The festive look of Gopal Maidan attracted one and all. While one side of the field a dozen-odd giant Tusu idols were lined up on the other hand the towering choudals adorned the other side of the field. Made out of hay and bamboo sticks, the choudal is an elongated structure like a temple with figures of tribal deities on it.

The program began with garlanding of portraits of Bhagwan Birsa Munda and Sidhu Kanhu.

On the occasion Lalchand Mahato Jhumar Group from Baripada in Odisha performed Jhumar dance.

During the program, former MP’s wife Suman Mahto, Usha Mahto, Gamharia councilor Sneha Mahto, former councilor Chandravati Mahto, Shrinath University’s VC Govind Mahto were honored.

On this occasion prizes were given to 11 winners in different events at the Mela. Prizes were awarded in categories including Tusu, Chadel and ‘Budhi Gari Nach.’ 

A certain amount of cash was set aside as consolation prizes were given to all those who brought Goddess Tusu and Chadal to the fair.

First prize in Tusu was awarded to Sri Sri Sarvajanik Puja Committee Sosomli Rajnagar, second prize was bagged by Bahalda Tusu Committee (Odisha), third prize went to Maa Mansa Puja Committee Padnamsai Rajnagar, fourth prize was awarded to Azad Boys Club Chunidih, fifth prize to Manpita Hurlung, sixth prize Deepak Mahato of Dhannigoda and seventh prize went to Bittu Gopr of Ulidih.

The organising team included Jamshedpur MP Bidyut Baran Mahato and JMM leaders such as Ichagarh MLA Sabita Mahato and her family members, Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta, Jugsalai MLA Mangal Kalindi and Baharagora MLA Samir Kumar Mohanty.

The fair began in the year 2006 by the then MP Late Sunil Mahato and former Deputy Chief Minister of the state late Sudhir Mahato.

The annual mela that is organised by Jharkhand Ekta Manch at Gopal Maidan is also one of the most sought after fair.

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