Pallavi Durua wins India’s first ever ‘Tribal Queen’ contest

In a unique approach, Adi Rani Kalinga Tribal Queen competition was organized in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on Sunday. Apart from promoting tribal art and culture, the focus of the event was also to explore and identify individual identities.

Backed by the State Tourism Department and SC and ST Department, Government of Odisha the Competition’s jury was headed by Padma Shri Tulasi Munda.
The competition saw 100+ contestants from across the country representing their respective tribes.

Pallavi Durua from Odisha’s Koraput district was crowned as the first Tribal Queen and Panchami Majhi of Titlagarh and Rashmirekha Hansdah of Mayurbhanj were awarded as the first and second runners-up of the competition respectively.

Pallavi enthusiastically stated,
“Many tribal girls like me are not allowed to move around or study. After winning this crown, I hope I can be an example for others and they will also shed the superstitions and face the world,”

Apart from this, special awards were facilitated in seven different categories which included tribal attire, best personality, the best presentation of ornaments, the best presentation of own culture, best skin, best in talent. and photogenic face.

All 3 winners will now feature in a short movie on tribal culture, to be produced by a Mumbai-based producer.

Image source: Kalinga TV