More than 2000 tribal youth participate in Lakha bindha
More than 2,000 tribal youths from different parts of Mayurbhanj district took part in an archery competition at Bahalda village under Khunta forest range, which is locally known as “Lakha Bindha” event.
Significantly, the programme, which was organised by a well-known local youth outfit, Baba Baidyanath Yuvak Sangha, with support of forest department, aims at creating awareness against poaching and other forest crimes, and also to promote and popularize the tribal culture and life-style.
The president of the Sangha, Mr Makar Chandra Soren informed that the event is held annually at Bahalda village.
“It is a successful event given the fact that the number of participants is going up everywhere. More number of youths is showing interest to take part in the competition and showcase their archery skills,” he said.
Lauding the efforts, the divisional forest officer (DFO) Mr Sanjay Kumar Swain stressed on preserving the age-old tradition of the tribals and claimed that such events spread the message of harmony and peaceful life. Ranger Mr Batakrushna Padhi said that the completion is creating awareness on how to conserve forest and wildlife while playing a key role in protecting the tribal culture which is facing many onslaughts these days.
An arch fighter Mr Biranchi Singh said that the youths of his village eagerly wait for the annual event.
“It sends a message that archery can be used for good purposes. If one thinks that archery is used only for things like poaching, he is wrong,” Mr Singh said.
DFO Mr Swain gave away awards to winners of the competition.