Manipuri culture contributes a lot in national identity: Joykumar

IMPHAL, 31st MARCH, 2018 (DIPR): Manipuri culture with its uniqueness has been contributing a lot in promoting national identity. This was stated by Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar Singh while addressing at the inaugural session of One day Seminar on “Manipuri Culture: Issues Relating to National Identity”, at Court Hall of Manipur University today.

Deputy Chief Minister said, Manipur has its uniqueness of having written history, literature and  unique culture. He said, Manipuri culture has been dynamic in its own course enabling to absorb good values from time to time. It has a lot of relevance with Indian culture which has always been a dynamic one. He further stated that Manipuri Classical Dance, Ras Leela etc. has its uniqueness and it has been a treasure in Indian Culture also. Even in tug-of-war of Lai Haraoba, female always beat males which show the respect and the importance of female in our society. This is the beauty of our culture. He said, culture may be different for societies but it is the philosophy through which society deals with its surroundings. Therefore, we have to think, analyse and re-look into the importance of our culture right from the down. It will enable us to follow the right path that our ancestors made for us, he added.

Vice Chancellor of Manipur University, Professor Adhya Prasad Pandey said, the word “culture” cannot represent each and every aspects of a society. He said, it cannot be fixed as it should be dynamic. Manipuri culture is very different and it cannot be compared with any culture in the world. It has rich components of love and care even to our nature. In Indian context also, there may be a lot differences in cultures, but each culture has been contributing in the promotion of our national identity which means unity in diversity.

Deputy Chief Minister also released two books namely “Perspective of Manipuri Culture”, edited by Professor Shyamkishore Singh  and Professor Bhagat Oinam of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and ‘Identity and Crisis of Identity’ written by Professor Soyam Lokendrajit were also released on the occasion.

Three panel speakers including  Dr. Lokendro Arambam, Professor (retd.) Ch. Budhi Singh and Professor (retd.) N. Tombi Singh deliberated in the topic of the seminar. Senior faculty members, research scholars and students participated in the seminar which was organised by Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA).

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