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MANIPUR SANGAI FESTIVAL 2018 KICKS OFF

GOVERNMENT OF MANIPUR

CHIEF MINISTER’S SECRETARIAT: IMPHAL

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PRESS RELEASE

MANIPUR SANGAI FESTIVAL 2018 KICKS OFF

MANIPUR IS THE JEM OF THIS COUNTRY: DEFENCE MINISTER

Imphal, November 21, 2018 (DIPR): Union Minister of Defence Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the much hyped tourism festival of the State, Manipur Sangai Festival – 2018 at Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal East district today.

Speaking as Chief Guest of the inaugural function held at Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said that Manipur is the ‘Jem’ among the states of the country. Manipur is such a beautifully endowed state where one can find the unique freshwater Loktak Lake, natural beauty and wildlife, old aged culture and traditions, varieties of exotic foods etc, she added.

Appreciating the culture and tradition of Manipur, Smt. Sitharaman said that Manipur people have not forgotten their old aged tradition and it is seen much alive till now. Manipuri dance and music is unbelievably soul comforting, she added. She highlighted that Manipuri women have been taking constructive role towards building a better society. The Manipuri Women’s market is undoubtedly showcasing the Manipuri women’s power to the world, she continued.

Recalling Nupilal (Women’s War), Defence Minister mentioned that Nupilal against the imperial British Rule has shown the power and fighting spirit of Manipuri women to the world. She also mentioned that Manipur has huge talents in innovation by using sustainable methods.

While delivering her Presidential address, Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla said that Manipur Sangai Festival is now recognized as a National event and has brought the cultural flavour of Manipur to centerstage. She continued that Sangai Festival provides an opportunity to showcase various aspects of our rich traditions and culture, besides promoting the handloom and handicraft products which are of high utilitarian and artistic values.

Mentioning the uniqueness of Manipur, Governor said that around 500 varieties of medicinal plants and around 600 varieties of orchids are available in the State. Ima market is the world’s only all-women run market place, she added.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that Manipur Sangai Festival has evolved into people’s festival. Manipur Sangai Festival is an opportunity to showcase the potential of the State to become a world class tourist destination.

Mentioning that Sangai Festival has become the biggest socio-cultural event for the State, Chief Minister stated that Sumo Wrestling, Go-Karting, Muay Thai and indigenous games of Manipur will be the major attractions of this year edition. Chief Minister mentioned that 60 member team including Media and cultural troupes from Myanmar has arrived here in Imphal to participate the Sangai festival.

Chief Minister mentioned that the present government has been at the forefront in promoting tourism through festivals and fairs besides developing tourist infrastructures.

Prior to the inaugural function, Union Minister of Defence Smt Nirmala Sitharaman inspected various stalls being opened at Hapta Kangjeibung. A 60 minute choreography presentation “Eikhoi Amatani – Punna Chatminnasi Chaokhat Maikei Pangna” and a folk and tribal fusion song were also showcased before the distinguished dignitaries, foreign delegates and tourists.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Y. Joykumar Singh, Cabinet Ministers, Rajya Sabha MP, MLAs, Chief Secretary, DGP, top ranking officers of Civil, Police, Paramilitary, Army and Assam Rifles and others attended the function.