Seminar on ethnography of Meeteis underway

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th Oct: A two-day seminar on Ethnography of Meiteis/Meeteis Part 2 organised by SR Institute of Studies, Tera Keithel commenced from Saturday at Manipur State Archives Library Hall, Keishampat here.
Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function, Patsoi MLA Ak Mirabai called upon the people of the state to give up the habit of dualism and criticising outstanding persons in order to bring development in the society.
Dualism has plagued the state, especially among the Meeteis and it often lead to downfall of the society. There is strong need to support extraordinary persons so that the society can move forward. It will also help in promoting the tradition, culture and costume of the community to the world, she said while emphasising on promoting Manipuri language to the international level.
Calling upon all to bring understanding among one another, the MLA stressed the need to strive for understanding the origin of Manipuri civilisation and work towards promoting the state.
Former vice-chancellor of Manipur University professor Hijam Tombi presided over the function while social worker Moirangthem Surendra alias Nongdalenkhomba attended as guest of honour.
The first session of the seminar was moderated by Naoroibam Indramani during which MU assistant curator Dr Ratna Mutum presented paper on ‘Indigenous Food and Cuisine of the Meeteis’; Manipur State Museum assistant curator L Sadananda on ‘Bamboo and cane crafts of Meeteis’; and MU research scholar Tongbram Narmada on ‘Old religions of Meeteis (Yek Salai)’.
Former head of history department of Lilong Haoreibi College Dr N Birchandra moderated the second session. L Sanoi College assistant professor Ch Ragini presented paper on ‘Materials needed in religious ceremonies of Meeteis from birth to wedding’; MU research scholar Mayanglambam Renubala on ‘Festivals of Meeteis held on particular days and lunar dates’; and DM University assistant professor Dr Waikhom Romesh on ‘Origin and development of Meetei Mayek’ in the session.


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