Imphal: Manipur Sangai Festival, 2022 will be a grand event and will be organised in around 13 venues across the state on the theme “Festival of Oneness”, chief minister N. Biren Singh said during the curtain raiser event of the festival held at the western gate of Kangla, here on Tuesday morning.
The curtain raiser event was held 8n presence of Rajya Sabha MP Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba, ministers and MLAs.
“We are not confining the festival in the city alone, we want public involvement in the festival from every corner of the state and truly make it state-wide,” Biren said adding that Mao, bordering Nagaland will also be hosting a curtain raiser on the same day.
The main venue for this year’s edition of the festival will be at Sangai Ethnic Park at Moirang Khunou. Public may now visit the park where permanent structures are being constructed so that the festival may be organized there every year, he said.
He thanked and appreciated the people and MLAs of Thanga and Moirang Assembly Constituencies for their cooperation and support to all the construction works and said not a single compensation were sought by the public during the whole construction work including road widening process.
Various events will be included in this year’s edition of the festival including indigenous Sagol Kangjei inside the Kangla Kangjeibung. The festival will also have Arambai throwing event, he said.
Biren appealed to the people that the festival there will witness many tourists visiting the state and that ‘we have to show our best behavior and that it would be the time to showcase and highlight our culture, civilization, decency, discipline, etc’.
The chief minister also highlighted that events will be held at Makhel in Senapati, Behiang and Geljang in Churachandpur among others.
He along with the other dignitaries released the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2022 theme song by Mangka Mayanglambam and balloons to mark the opening of the curtain raiser event. Rhythms of Manipur also presented their Dancing Drummer. Other highlights include pung cholom, blowing of conch and penna invocation.
Biren flagged off the Sangai Run which concluded at Indoor Stadium after passing through Lamlong Bazar, Kongba Bazar, Pishumthong, Keishampat, etc. Renowned film actress of the state Soma Laishram was declared festival ambassador by the chief minister. Other well-known personalities from different fields including former national and world champion boxer Laishram Sarita, actors Gurumayum Bonny, RK Somorendro (Kaiku), Hijam Bala, Ningombam Biju and designer Robert Naorem among others also attended the event.
The chief minister also launched the online lottery for distribution of Sangai Festival stalls.
He along with ministers, MLAs, chief secretary, DGP and others inspected the ongoing work at the Sangai Ethnic Park.