Monday, February 6, 2023

10-day Manipur Sangai Festival concludes


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that Manipur Sangai Festival will help in promoting Manipur as a world-class tourism destination.
Modi was addressing the closing ceremony of the 10-day long tourism extravaganza via video message.
“Manipur Sangai Festival highlights the spirit and passion of the people of Manipur”, said the Prime Minister while labeling the festival as the grandest festival in the state.
“The Manipur Sangai Festival helps in promoting Manipur as a world-class tourism destination,” he added, asserting that Manipur is exactly like an elegant garland where one can witness a mini India.
Pointing out that Manipur has abundant natural beauty, cultural richness and diversity, the Prime Minister said that everyone wanted to visit the state at least once.
On the the theme of the festival- ‘Festival of One-ness’, Modi said that the successful organization of the festival will act as a source of energy and inspiration for the nation in the days to come. “Sangai is not only the state animal of Manipur but also has a special place in India’s faith and beliefs,” he said adding that the festival also marked India’s cultural and spiritual ties with nature. The Prime Minister expressed delight on learning that the Sangai Festival was being organized not just in the state capital but in the entire state.
Organizing the festival at 14 locations from the Nagaland border to the Myanmar border, he said, gave an extension to the spirit of the ‘Festival of One-ness’.
The Prime Minister concluded his address saying that events like the Sangai Festival were a major attraction for investors and industries as well.
“I have full faith that in the future, this festival will become a powerful medium of gaiety and development in the state”, the Prime Minister concluded.
The closing function held at BOAT in Imphal’s Palace Compound, one of the two main venues of the festival was also attended by Union law minister Kiren Rijiju and chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu among others.
Addressing the event, chief minister N Biren Singh announced that Union tourism minister G Kishan Reddy, who attended the opening function of the festival, had assured Rs 100 crore for development of tourist spots in the state including the Sangai Ethnic Park.
He said that the festival celebrated with the theme ‘Festival of Oneness’ was aimed to spread the message of unity and oneness in the state and country.
Singh appreciated all those involved in organizing the festival including ministers, MLAs, officials, and the public for holding the 10-day festival smoothly and successfully without any glitch.
“It is due to the sincerity, hard-work, dedication and support of all,” he said.
Union law and justice minister Kiren Rijiju said “We always feel proud of our culture and identity. The vibrancy of Manipur, its vibrant culture as well as natural beauty of Manipur has been attractive all over.”
Rijiju also stressed on the importance of rural tourism and said “the concept of rural tourism is extremely important because rural tourism also takes along our culture, our tradition as well as our traditional lifestyle.”
The event was attended by chief justice and justices of High Court of Manipur, ministers, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, DGP P Doungel, among others.
A cultural choreography and a fashion show enthralled that audience at a packed Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT).

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