Imphal: Tribal affairs and hills, GAD, transport minister Vungzagin Valte graced the valedictory function of Seven Days Workshop cum Painting Competition on the theme “Tribal Freedom Fighters of Manipur” on Saturday at Tribal Research Institute, Imphal.
The workshop was sponsored by ministry of tribal affairs, and organised by Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Imphal with the objective of preserving the intangible cultural heritage of the various tribal freedom fighters of the state and also to promote tribal artists.
The workshop offers a platform for tribal artists of the state to come together to exchange ideas and enhanced their skill from the experts.
The minister expressed his hope to inculcate the inert patriotic feeling among the masses through this workshop and create sustainable economic activities for income generation for the participants as professional painters and artists.
“We are free because of the sacrifices of our forefathers who have fought for our independence,” he said.
Expressing his gratitude to TRI for promoting awareness about freedom fighters and unsung heroes during the freedom movement, the minister opined that workshop such as this should be organised in the future at different hill districts in the time to come.
The minister also presented prizes and citations to the participants and winners of the painting competition.
Sareo Phanitphang, Paominlen Lupheng and Golmei Bonny Kabui won the first, second and third prizes whereas Phaningshang, RN Mungram and Wirisangjingbou Marenmai were awarded consolation prizes respectively.
Twenty-four painters from different districts participated in the painting competition.