Manipur Sangai 'Festival of Oneness 2022' begins
Sangai Festival 2022

Imphal: Union Minister of Tourism, Culture and DoNER G Kishan Reddy declared the Manipur Sangai Festival 2022 open at the main venue of the Festival at the Sangai Ethnic Park, Moirang Khunou in Bishnupur district.

The Festival which commenced on Monday will continue till November 30, 2022, at different venues across the state.

Speaking on the occasion, G Kishan Reddy expressed his gratitude that he got the opportunity to be a part of the festival. He continued that he was lucky to have met groups of 33 different communities in one place, who have come to represent their communities in the festival.

Stating that he could see the celebration of the festival with pomp and gaiety, he invited people across the country to visit the state and witness the beauty of the Festival. He also appreciated chief minister N Biren Singh, his cabinet colleagues, MLAs and other officials for organising the festival in such a grand manner. He further stated that he would convey to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the organisation of the festival with the construction of permanent structures at the Sangai Ethnic Park.

The Union Minister spoke on the natural beauty of Manipur and its uniqueness. He continued that the Central Government had always been taking up initiatives for the development of northeast states, adding that the Prime Minister has a big place for the people of Manipur. He informed India would host the next G20 Summit Union and as such many big events would be held across the country.

Some events will also be held in the state, he added. He also spoke on various developments taken in different sectors under the leadership of the Prime Minister.

Speaking as the Chief Host of the inaugural function, chief minister N Biren Singh said a clear vision is required to achieve something. He said that the festival is celebrated as the Festival of Oneness to achieve unity through the participation of all indigenous communities of the state and to encourage oneness, a sense of belongingness, and pride of ownership of the land amongst the people.

The chief minister appreciated all those involved in the preparation for the festival, especially the main venue Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou. Among others, the chief minister lauded MLAs of  Thanga and Moirang and their public for their support and cooperation and said the people didn’t seek even a single rupee as compensation for their land during the developmental work undertaken for the venue.

MP Rajya Sabha Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba raised concern over the small population of the Sangai, the classification of the Manipur Pony as Endangered and shallowing of the Loktak Lake and drew the attention of the Tourism, Culture and DONER minister Reddy towards the issues.

“Our state Government is trying all its best. But we need more attention and kind help from the Union Government to save this rarest species Sangai, this endangered species Manipur Pony and one and only freshwater lake in NE- LOKTAK,” he said.

Highlighting the tourism potential of the state, the MP said “Our state is endowed with so many beautiful Natural tourist Hotspots, if developed properly, Manipur could be a perfect tourist destination for domestic and foreign tourists.”

“To increase the per-capita income of the state, we have to give serious consideration on Tourism. So the Union Minister is kindly requested to extend maximum help to our state in the development of tourist spots and destinations. Your kind help will make a great push to the economy of the state,” he added. 

During the function, the coffee table book Manipur Sangai Festival 2022 by the Tourism Department and Manipur Today Special Edition on Sangai Festival by the Directorate of Information and Public Relations were released.

As part of the inaugural function, the Manipur Sangai Festival 2022 Theme Song by Mangka Laihui was also rendered and cultural troupes were also performed. Chief minister N Biren Singh accompanied by the Union Minister visited and interacted with representatives of different communities in front of their respective traditional huts, Sangai Ethnic Park. Ministers, MLAs, and Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar among others attended the inaugural function.

Earlier in the day, chief minister N Biren Singh inaugurated the Sangai Ethnic Park. The inauguration was attended by Ministers, MLAs, chairmen of boards and corporations, and Chief Secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar among others.

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