Keibul Lamjao to be permanent venue of Sangai Festival

Along with declaring that a heritage park would be developed at Keibul Lamjao in Bishnupur district, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the said site would be made permanent venue for the Manipur Sangai Festival.
Speaking as the chief guest of the inaugural function of a two-day annual state level Tribal Cultural Festival organised by Tribal Research Institute (TRI) at its Chingmeirong complex on Friday, the chief minister revealed that the state government has sent a Rs 90 crore worth project proposal to the Centre for setting up the Heritage Park.
The Park, which will have heritage structures of all the communities settling in the state would serve as a permanent venue for the tourism development oriented Manipur Sangai Festival, he said.
With regard to the cultural festival, being held under the aegis of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, on the theme, ‘Tribal Culture for Peace and Unity’, Biren emphasised that such significant event needs to be organised in a more grandeur manner in an open space at a suitable time from next year.
While conveying that the state government is willing to sanction additional fund for the festival, the Chief Minister also asked the Tribal Research Institute to co-ordinate with the state government so as to upgrade the festival from next year and make the event more meaningful and magnificent.
He also contended that every event or activity should be executed/organised in such a manner so as to serve its intended purpose.
N Biren further pointed out that the new government has been keeping all its promises made to the public so far, and the state has seen lots of positive changes in the past one year with hill-valley ties becoming more cordial.
On the other hand, the state has been able to retain peace and tranquillity up to a large extent of late though some anti-social elements have been making constant efforts to destabilise the situation, he said.
Maintaining that every man is mortal, the Chief Minister observed that no solution can be brought by killing each other.
Urging the people of the state to walk hand in hand with the government towards advancement, the Chief Minister expressed hope that Manipur would see a transformation soon if the government continues to fulfil the needs of the public through its noble missions like ‘Go to Village’ for some more years.
With the launch of the mission, all high ranking officials including administrative secretaries and heads of departments have started working in the field, he observed. The Chief Minister assured that no village would be left out under the mission.
Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister N Kayisii, who attended the function as president, said that every community should preserve their respective culture and identity.
He also applauded participants belonging to different tribal communities for taking part in the festival despite their busy chores following the onset of farming season in hill areas.
Earlier, the Chief Minister declared the festival open and rung the inaugural gong to mark the beginning of the two-day long festival.
Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister Losii Dikho, Hill Area Committee (HAC) Chairman TT Haokip and Outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency MP Thangso Baite were also present on the occasion as guests of honour.
Manipur Pollution Control Board chairman and Oinam AC MLA L Radhakishore and MLAs Y Surchandra and S Bira and chairpersons and members of different ADCs also attended the festival.
Presentation of colourful tribal cultural dances, folk songs and tribal cuisines were the main highlights on day one of the festival.

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