State Level Youth Cultural Festival Concludes

IMPHAL, Mar 4: With the announcement of results for various competitions, the State Level Yuva Kirti and Cultural Festival have concluded at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak today.

Imphal West, Imphal East and Thoubal district bagged first, second and third positions respectively in the Manipuri folk dance competition.

In the tribal folk dance competition, Chandel, Kangpokpi and Churachandpur got first, second and third positions respectively.

Imphal West, Chandel and Thoubal district adjudged first, second and third positions respectively in the folk song competition.

Cash prizes of Rs 5000, Rs 3000 and Rs 2000 each were awarded to first, second and third prizes respectively while Rs 1000 was given to all the participants of the festival.

Speaking at the closing function as a jury member, Government Dance College Principal Ranjeet Adhikari observed that many young people are taking keen interest in preserving age-old forms of folk culture which is a positive sign.

The Principal opined that the performing youths must have an in-depth knowledge about their folk culture in order to perform better.

Merely using of a few folk elements and giving performance with modern dress and ornaments would dilute the purity of folk culture, he added.

He further added that association with folk music and dance closely relate with the protection of one’s identity, the performer must have a thorough knowledge of the particular folk item.

Echoing the same view, Government Dance College Lecturer G Kunjalata opined that the performer must understand culture before giving a folk performance in order to avoid misinterpretation of the culture of the State to the people from other States.

Tourism Commissioner KK Chhetri and Station Director of All India Radio, Imphal, Moirangthem Kanankumar were the chief guest and president of the function respectively.

The State Level Yuva Kirti and Cultural Festival was kick started at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak on March 2 and participated by troupes from all the nine districts of the State.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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