IMPHAL, November 20: The stage is all set for the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2011 (Manipur Tourism Festival), which will be inaugurated tomorrow at the Hapta Kangjeibung by the state Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh. The festival is being organized by the state tourism department with the main objective to highlight the potentials of tourism industry in the state, commissioner tourism KK Chhetry said this evening during a press conference called regarding the preparation of the festival.
The tourism commissioner further confirmed the arrival of delegates from seven South-East Asian countries to participate in the festival.
The tourism festival was launched while considering the potential of the state as a tourist hotspot, and the various exotic spots which could lure the national as well as international tourist into the state, he informed the conference.
There are separate committees to look into each and every details of the festival and they will help attract the tourist from the state as well as from outside according to their own specific needs.
The department has further instituted a separate cultural sub-committee which will look into bringing the various aspects of traditional and cultural items of the various communities residing in the state. The department has further instructed all district administrations to send cultural troupes of all communities residing in their districts so that the various cultural forms of all ethnic groups are showcased during the festival, he further informed.
Indigenous games and cultural items will be showcased everyday of the festival at separate venues in the state. Traditional polo, Mukna, Mukna Kangjei, Arambai will be showcased during the festival.
Other main attractions of the ten day long state festival will be X-Games including speed rock climbing competition, traditionalshow, rock show, he further informed.
He further informed that more than 200 bodies have already book to open stall at the main venue of the festival at Hapta Kangjeibung.
He further informed that more than 200 stalls have already been booked for the tourism festival while teams from Thailand and Kenya are on their way.
Our Moreh corresspondent adds: A delegation of 12 members of Myanmar will take in the Manipur Sangai festival which will be held from November 21.
The members are U Hia Maung, president BTCC, U Kokogig, vice president RUBTCC, U Kyaw San Win, auditor RUBTCC, U Than Win member RUBTCC, U Myint Hlay, member RUBTCC, U Aye Ko, secretary. RUBTCC, U Tun Shnu, managing director MIIC Ltd, U Aung Chin, managing director, aung chin co. ltd, U Win Myint Mama, direct shine sisoc co. ltd, Daw Yi, trader yuzuna trading, U Tha Aung, direct nayrinza co. ltd, U Twin Theinoo.
Indo-Myanmar Association and NEFIT provided assistance to the Myanmarese delegates.