100 years of Manipuri dance in Santiniketan celebrated

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, January 16 : A two-day celebration of 100 years of Manipuri Dance in Santiniketan and Festival of Dance-Drama was inaugurated on Thursday by Governor and Chairperson of JNMDA Dr. Najma Heptulla at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, here.

The governor said it was a privilege for her to be in the midst at the celebration of 100 years of introduction of Manipuri Dance at Santiniketan and observance of 44 years of foundation day of the production unit of the dance academy.  She congratulated distinguished artistes who have kept the state’s great cultural traditions high. The production unit of this academy has produced more than 40 Dance-Dramas which is really praiseworthy.

Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, a national institution, the first of its kind in India for Manipuri dance was established in the year 1954 under the patronage of late Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru with the sole objective of preserving and disseminating Manipuri culture such as dance, music, dance-drama not only within the country but in overseas too.

Heptulla said the occasion was indeed historic, auspicious and joyous as the academy achieves the first milestone completing 100 years of introduction of Manipuri dance in Santiniketan, a prestigious learning centre of the country and the world. Manipur is today popularly known to the world through her rich performing arts and culture and not through her geographical position and size, she added.

Governor said the revival of performing arts and their massive propagation through mass media and cultural exchange on a large scale shall impart a cultural dimension to the forging of National Integration.

Vice-chairman  of the academy, H.Tombi Singh, said Manipuri dance has unique features which are so well developed and wish the artistes would more significant contribution in the production unit.

The occasion was attended by scholars, artistes and students of the academy among others.

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