Governor confers Manipur State Kala Akademi Awards

Imphal, January 28, 2018 (DIPR): Governor of Manipur and Chairperson, Manipur State Kala Akademi, Dr Najma Heptulla today conferred Manipur State Kala Akademi Awards 2014 to the awardees at a function held at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Palace Compound, Imphal, organised by Manipur State Kala Akademi, Manipur.
The Akademi Award 2014 including 2 Fellows and 6 Young Talent Award were presented to 27 (Twenty-Seven) Awardees by Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, and president of the function, L Jayentakumar Singh, Minister, Art & Culture, Vice Chairman, Manipur State Kala Akademi. The awards are conferred for their outstanding contribution in the fields of Dance, Music, Theatre, Shumang Leela, Thang Ta, Tribal culture, other art forms such as Traditional, Theatre, Literature, Mime and Fine Arts. Speaking as the chief guest, the Governor while congratulating the awardees said that Manipur is renowned for its rich art and cultural heritage. The classical Manipuri dance – Raas Leela has put Manipur on the cultural map of the world. The Manipuri Nata Sankirtana, the ritual singing, dancing and drumming has been included in the representative list of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity, she said. The Governor also said that the cultural mosaic of the State is extremely colourful owing to the large number of communities in the State with its own distinctive form of dance, music and dress.
She also stated that the Manipur State Kala Akademi was established by the Government of Manipur in 1972 as an autonomous body and was the only cultural agency of the Government promoting and coordinating all the activities relating to Dance, Drama, Music, Literature, Fine Arts and other different fields of arts and culture.
The Akademi has been making sustained effort for promotion, preservation and propagation of Manipur’s rich cultural tradition within and outside the State since its inception. Besides organizing various cultural festivals pertaining to different art forms of folk and classical of both the hills and the valley, the Akademi also holds several promotional activities such as conferences, seminars, workshops as well as literary programs, memorial lectures and exhibitions, she added.
The Governor said that the awards symbolize not only the highest standard of excellence in their respective fields but also is the recognition of individual works for their highest professional accomplishment. She also expressed her confidence that the efforts of the Manipur State Kala Akademi will make a substantial impact on the preservation, promotion and propagation of the rich cultural traditions of the State and will continue to provide necessary encouragement to the scholars and artistes.
She added “we must try to make Manipur known to the world by showing our rich cultural Heritage.
Instead of depending on organizations like UNESCO for recognition, we must put in our sincere effort to present our own art and culture and try to promote it to the rest of the country and the world.”
Art and Culture Minister L Jayentakumar Singh said that Manipur is a fertile land for Sports and Arts. Despite facing many challenges, the people of the State excel in their chosen path of career whether it is arts or sports, due to hard work and determination. The Government is trying hard to overcome the situation and need the support of the public, he added.
He further said that a synchronized vision is needed to promote the Art and Culture of Manipur and discuss implementing the vision to compete with other parts of the world.
The Minister requested the Awardees to give creative suggestions and help in finding out young talents having dedication, determination, honesty and sincerity to minimize the resources.
Noted artistes and art lovers of the State attended the function where the awardees presented various cultural shows.

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