LAGSA Meet Concludes

IMPHAL, Jan 28: The 44th LAGSA Meet organized by Lonpi Area Games and Sports Association (LAGSA), Chandel concluded today at TM Ground, Yanglen Thingkangphai.

The largest annual gathering of sportspersons belonging to the Chin-Kuki-Mizo group had commenced from January 19 with 26 teams participating in the football tournament.

The final match featuring teams of Dongjang village and host Lonpi village was preceded by an exhibition match between a team of Chandel AC MLA Thangkholun Haokip and Lonpi veterans.

Ever since inception of LAGSA in 1952, the Meet has become an annual affair with the participation of sportspersons from various districts.

Speaking as chief guest of the closing program, MLA Thangkholun Haokip opined that apart from the sports meet providing a platform for the footballers to showcase their talent the annual event is an opportunity for the Chin-Kuki-Mizo group of people to strengthen bond of kinship.

He also noted that sportspersons, who had participated in LAGSA Meets have gone on to excel at the national and international level of competition. As a part of the closing function, prizes were presented to top position winners.

Among others, MDCs Tongpao Mate of Chandel, MK Noah Chothe, also of Chandel and SNG Kalhlung Anal of Chakpikarong constituency were present at the closing ceremony.

NE painting camp: The 6-day long Painting Camp North East organized jointly by Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Manipur State Kala Akademi concluded at the Artiste Dormitory of Department of Art and Culture located at Palace Compound today.

Artistes from different parts of North East India including Ch Premananda Roy, Th Deben and M Koolchandra from Manipur, LT Zohrang and Lalmalsawna from Aizwal, Mizoram; Santanu Dhar and Jaban Krishna from Agartala, Tripura, Samit Roy from Silchar, Pravinkumar Nath and Abhibrata Chakravorty from Guwahati participated and displayed their works during the camp.

The valedictory function of the painting camp was attended by Commissioner of Higher and Technical Education K Moses Chalai, IAS as chief guest; Consultant of Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi US Tiwari as president and Akademi awardee Prof N Kunjamohan Singh as guest of honor.

Speaking at the occasion, Moses Chalai encouraged the participants and observed that more such camps where the artistes can interact and exchange ideas should be organized.

Prof Kunjamohan said that North East is a region rich in art and culture.

Artistes who are contributing their service to the society through art works should be identified and encouraged, he added.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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