Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh attended the first edition of Cultures Connect 2022 held on Tuesday, in connection with the World Tourism Day 2022, at Thawai Hou Arts and Event Space, Heibongpokpi, Imphal West.
Biren announced that Folk Music Festival would also be included as a part of the upcoming Sangai Festival this year. He praised Mangka Mayanglambam for her efforts to preserve and promote the State’s cultures and traditions through her folk music and various performances. He also appreciated the folk singer for teaching folk music to young artistes of the state. This has also helped in reviving the aged-old traditions once followed by our forefathers, he added.
Continuing that Manipur has changed a lot with considerable improvement in law and order, the chief minister maintained that the state is now safe for visitors from outside the state and added that many tourists too have the desire to visit the state.
Consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister L. Susindro Meitei, director, British Council, East and Northeast India Debanjan Chakrabarti, director (Tourism) W. Ibohal and eminent folk artistes attended the programme among others.
Performances of Mangka Mayanglambam and Mickma Tshering Lepcha and Ongyal Tshering Lepcha were the main highlights for the programme.