Tuesday, November 29, 2022

MoS Kishan Reddy graces Sangai festival

Correspondent

The opening ceremony of the 10-day-long tourism festival was graced by Union minister for culture, tourism and DoNER Gangapuram Kishan Reddy at Sangai ethnic park at Moirang Khunou in Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Monday.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh, Rajya Sabha MP, Leishemba Sanajaoba and ministers, MLAs, top officials of the state government were among others who attended the opening function. The festival was celebrated under the theme ‘Festival of oneness’, after a halt for two years due to the pandemic.
In his speech on the occasion, Kishan Reddy expressed his hope that the hosting of the festival would boost tourism industry of the state. “The festival, one day, will become the country’s biggest tourism event with tourists from across the globe visiting the state, ‘’ Reddy said.
He called upon the people across the country to visit Manipur and other states of northeast region and enjoy the bountiful natural gifts which are unique in the world. Reddy also stated that the country’s tourists need to explore the beautiful places that are in Manipur and the north-east region which are the pride of the country.
Speaking on the event, Manipur CM, N. Biren Singh emphasised on the theme of “oneness” and that it will not only bring unity among the different communities of Manipur but also strengthen the unity and diversity of India.
Singh hoped that the Sangai Ethnic Park where the opening function of the festival was held will be a symbol of unity among the different ethnic communities living together in the state.
The ethnic park was built to host the Sangai festival and huts representing more than 33 different ethnic groups of the state were built in the park. The ethnic park was inaugurated by the chief minister earlier in the day, before the opening of the festival.
While highlighting various features of the festival, chief minister informed that the state government has spruced up the security of tourists visiting major tourist attractions by setting up the “tourism police” which will take care of the safety and convenience of the tourists.
Rajya Sabha MP Leishem Sanajaoba also highlighted the tourism potential of the state. Sanajaoba 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”.
The Sangai Festival is an annual cultural-cum-tourism festival of Manipur. It is held from November 21 to 30 every year since 2010.
Unlike the previous years in which its venues were concentrated in Imphal only, the festival is being held in as many as 13 venues across the hills and valley districts of the state.

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