Imphal: In the presence of the members of General Council, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi a 30 minutes Special Screening of Raas Leela Film and Releasing of DVD of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur was held at Durban Hall, Raj Bhavan, yesterday evening.
The dignitaries present on the Dias were Dr. Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur and Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister (Art & Culture) Manipur and Shri Shekhar Sen, Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.
To begins with the programme, the Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla released DVD of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur.
While addressing the dignitaries, Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla expressed her gratitude to the Sangeet Natak Akademi for their decision to hold a General Council meeting in Imphal, Manipur. She further stated that Manipur University of Culture becomes one of the most important and active university in the our country. We need to preserve and promote the art, craft, culture, music and literature. Though Manipur is a tiny state it has so much cultural wealth which needs to promote and to preserve. There are many more unique things in Manipur. Women market where around 4000 women’s work under one roof. Loktak Lake is the largest lake in the North East, Governor added.
Art and Culture minister Shri L. Jayantakumar Singh said that Manipur has a very rich cultural heritage. He also lauded the SNA for playing an important roles in promotion of Culture in the country. SNA Chairman Shri Shekhar Sen said that Sangeet Natak Akademi and JNMDA has a deep relations since the past 62 years.
Later, a 30 minutes of Raas Leela film was screened which was followed by a dinner. About the Raas Leela Film, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi has taken up special documentations on various performing Arts of the country. Under this programme, documentation and compilation of 5 kinds of Raas Leela of Manipur (Maharas, Vasanta Ras, Nitya Ras, Kunja Ras and Diba Ras) has been taken up and completed recently with the artistic support from JNMDA. The special documentation has been directed by Internationally acclaimed film maker Shri A. Shyam Sharma.
Sangeet Natak Akademi was set up in the year 1952 as the apex body of the performing arts in the country to preserve and promote the vast cultural heritage of India expressed in music, dance and drama.
The programme was attended by members of Executive Board and General Council of SNA and officials of JNMDA including its Vice Chairman Prof. H. Tombi Singh.