A Professor’s Homesick Film

Bimol Akoijam’s take on diaspora, brain drain and the intractable problems facing Manipur Angomcha Bimol Akoijam, an Associate Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, wears many hats. He is a regular commentary junkie in TV and press, a film critic, a writer, a frequent speaker in national seminars and workshops circuit, a rights crusader and is also one of the most articulate living Manipuris...

TKS 28th General Conference Kicks Off

THOYEE, Apr 19 : The 28th General Conference cum Sports Meet of Tangkhul Katamnao Saklong has kick-started here today with the traditional benediction —hokharai—led by the village headman Ng Khathing in the presence of SDO Phungyar Rang Peter MCS, ANSAM president Komou Sha and other dignitaries on the dais. While the monument of the event, which will last till April 25, was unveiled by Tangkhul...

Three Manipuri Plays In New Delhi Festival

NEW DELHI, Mar 28: Manipuri plays – Tangkhul Nurabi directed by Dr Makhonmani Mongshaba of Epathoukok, Loi Kaba (Return From Exile) directed by M Nodia of Women’s Folk Operetta and Kao Phaba (Ordeal of the Bull) directed by S Singhajit Sharma of Aryan Theatre will be staged in the Indigenous Theatre Festival of North East India to be held from April 2 to 30 at Indira Gandhi National Centre...

Mangal Yaodraba Numit Presented

A scene from K Kyamba's Mangal Yaodraba Numit. Image Credit: Sangai Photo. IMPHAL, Mar 27: The conflict of right and duty between a war mongering General and his lowborn wife flows through Actors’ Repertory Theatre’s Mangal Yaobrada Numit (The Sun Without Light). The play that depicts the life of Karna, the uncelebrated son of Kunti in the epic Mahabharata, was presented at Rupmahal theatre...

Mother Village Of Zeliangrongs: Destination Call In Jan ’12

Brig Narula at the recently inaugurated Chawang Bros ground. Image Credit: Sangai Photo. OKLONG, Senapati,  Mar 25 : Come January next year, and all the sons and daughters who belong to the great family of the Zeliangrong tribe and are settled in Manipur, Assam and Nagaland, their destination will be their mother village, Oklong (Makoilungdi) to take part in the biggest (to date) sports festival of...

Yaoshang Festival In Manipuri Society

Yaoshang festival is celebrated on the full moon day of phalguna purnima and it is one of the most important festivals of Manipur. Sports festival is organized in every locality as a part of celebrating the festival since the last four to five decades. Main highlight of the festival is the Thabal Chongba (a folk dance). The literal meaning of thabal is ‘moonlight’ and Chongba means ‘dance’,...

Holi—Hindu Festival Of Colors —An Introduction—

Holi—the festival of colors—is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It’s an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors! Happy Days Are Here Again! With winter neatly tucked up in the attic, it’s time to come out of our cocoons and enjoy this spring festival. Every year it is celebrated...

Greetings Bode Well For Holi

Holy Spirit IMPHAL, Mar 18: Governor Gurbachan Jagat has extended his greetings to the people of the State on the joyous occasion of Yaoshang festival. In his message, the Governor said, “I do share the pleasure and joy of Yaoshang and extend my heartiest greetings to every Manipuri on this great occasion with the hope that peace and harmony will return to the State, as Holi (Yaoshang) is a festival...

Poumais Display Their Best On Glory Day

Poumain men put on their best feet forward on Glory Day. Image Credit: Sangai Photo. IMPHAL, Mar 18: The Poumai community of the State celebrated the Asah Ral Ya Teithe (Glory Day) festival for two days at Paomata Centre ground, Senapati district with much elan and gusto. The principal essence of the festival is incantation by Poumai elders to please the Almighty for abundant blessing and overall welfare...

North East Theatre Festival At Imphal —Bridging The Gap Through Culture—

Members of ‘Dreamz Unlimited’ representing Nagaland playing “Lichaba's Daughter” at North East Theatre Festival in Imphal, Manipur on February 24. The festival scheduled from February 19 to 28 was held at NT Theatre, Imphal, Manipur. Image Credit: Morung Express. It is heartening to learn the reported news that NT Theatre will organize RK Sanayaima Memorial North-east Theatre Festival from...

Lahui’s Silver Jubilee Festival – 2010 —A Retrospective To Our Folk Music—

Can you believe one hour and more than 100 pages in text is not enough to describe the beauty of legendary Moirang Thoibi by a Muslim folk song? This happened in the 3rd day of the four days Silver Jubilee Festival of Lahui, a premier Centre for Research on Tradition and Indigenous Arts (16-19 December, 2010) held at Manipur Dramatic Union, Imphal. Even, Mahakavi Hijam Anganghal, author of only epic...

Shivaratri And The Meetei Community

Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated every year on the 29th day of the month of Phairen in the Meetei Calendar. Ganja (cannabis) and phola are primarily offered to Lord Shiva on this day in every household in Manipur. Phola is a mixture prepared with consecrated milk, curd, sugar, banana, crushed rice, etc. It is said that if we have phola along with ganja it would elate beyond self-control and make...

“Shiva Ratri” – The Magical Night

The Harbinger of Golden Dawn On the 75th “TRIMURTI SHIVA JAYANTI”–Anniversary of GOD’s Advent (Birth extraordinary) on to the corporeal medium of Prajapita Brahma. Shivaratri is one of the most important festivals in the world, celebrating the time when God—the incorporeal Shiva—incarnated to establish heaven on earth. Fasting is observed to symbolically represent the cleansing of the world...