Imphal: Lok Sabha MP RK Ranjan Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba, officer on special duty Government of Manipur to New Delhi Sh. Premananda Sharma and renowned artist Sh. Nabachandra Sharma were accorded a warm felicitation by Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) in Imphal on Saturday.
Members of Parliament- Ranjan and Sanajaoba were felicitated on being elected to the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha respectively. Premananda and Nabachandra were felicitated on being appointed as OSD and nominee of Government of India on the General Council of Sangeet Natak Akademi respectively.
Ranjan Singh in his address offered all possible assistance towards promoting Manipur’s indigenous arts and culture and its listing in UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Ranjan also assured JNMDA authorities of necessary support for modernization and also for exposure of Manipur’s rich performing arts including Thang-ta to international audiences.
Sanajaoba announced that at his behest, the Government of India has agreed to recognize Manipuri as one of the classical languages of India on a condition that it fulfilled four eligibility criteria. Manipur government has already constituted a committed under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to fulfill the criteria stipulated for attaining the language status, he stated.
Expressing despondency over the excessive trust deficit prevailing among the people, Sanajaoba appealed to the people to imbibe constructive mindset and have faith in others.