Dance and music festival underway

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Imphal: A 3-day Festival of Dance and Music “Nata-Sankirtana” was kicked off on Tuesday at the Mandap of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal.

The festival is the annual features of the Academy’s activities.

Tourism minister Oinam Lukhoi Singh said Manipur is known for its rich culture and traditions, and sports.

“We have to protect and promote the same for the future generations too,” he said.

Artistes from different organizations of Nata Sankirtana, students of JNMDA, gurus and many eminent personalities attended the occasion.

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Students of the dance academy presented Nata Sankirtana and artiste of Prachaya Nata Sankirtana Samaj, Khurai Thangjam Leikai, Imphal presented Nata Sankirtana.

Nata sankirtana is a hymn in of lord Krishna in classical Ragas synthesizing various indigenous rhythms. The Sankirtana follows an extremely strict code in its performance with rhythms pattern as well as costumes determined by specific rules and regulation. It is performed to mark important occasions during a person’s life, from birth to death. Manipur Nata Sankirtana has been recognized by the UNESCO in 2013.

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On the second day, artiste of Public Theatre Artiste Association, Phoijing, Nambol will perform Nata Sankirtana ( Sheihou) and artiste of Indra Kala Bhavan, Moirang Thoya Leikai, Moirang will perform Nata Sankirtana (Sheisin).

On the concluding day, artiste of the Nata Sangeet Academy and Research Centre, Yaiskul Janmasthan, Imphal will present Nata Sankirtana (Sheihou) and artiste of Guru Gulapi Nata Sankirtana Academy, Kwakeithel Nganappithong, Imphal will present Nata Sankirtana ( Sheisin).

Former JNMDA director Dilip Mayengbam, retired JNMDA Pradhan Guru S. Thanil Singh and director in-charge of the academy P. Bilash Singh were present on the inaugural day.

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