National mime festival underway in Imphal

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Imphal: Union minister of external affairs and education Dr Rajkumar Ranjan Singh on Saturday inaugurated the 2nd National Mime Festival at Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory Complex, Langthabal Kunja, here.

The festival was organised by Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory (KMRT), Imphal, under the sponsorship of North Eastern Council, Shillong, ministry of DoNER. It will continue till April 19.

Ranjan, lauded the efforts of the theatre director in bringing the art form in the state. He said mime plays a big role in educating the people in other parts of the country in knowing our culture and tradition through voiceless expressions and gestures.

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The minister said there is a lot of potential among the people of the state and the talented persons need to be properly groomed like that in sports. Mime can be popularized in schools and education system as extra-curricular activities. We need to appreciate and encourage the KMRT who have earned a place in this particular art form, he added.

He gave assurance in co-relating with embassies of different countries through Indian Council for Cultural Relations to popularize the mime of the state at the international and national level.

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Rajya Sabha MP Leishemba Sanajaoba said the art form can play a big role in national integration through its performance regardless of language barrier.

Mime Artist from Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, West Bengal, Bihar and Rajasthan were participating in the festival that includes workshop and performance.

Mime is a stage performance of body movement and gesture without speech. Mime as an art form in the west originated from Europe. It was well practiced as a theatrical art form from as early as the Greek Classic age.

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Vice-chancellor of Tripura University  Dr Ganga Prasad Prasain, delegates from Japan, scholars and theatre artists attended the inaugural function.

The inaugural day was marked by mime presentation by Suvendhu and Subrata Das from Kolkata.

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