IMPHAL, Feb 5: As part of the ongoing Manipur Kumhei Bengaluru, a Manipuri cultural evening was organized at Glass House, Raj Bhavan, Bengaluru.
The formal inaugural function of the evening was graced by the Governor of Karnataka Dr. HR Bhardwaj as Chief Guest and D.S. Poonia, Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur and Dr. R.K. Nimai, Commissioner, Arts and Culture as Guest of Honour and Dr. V. Ramakantha, IFS, Liaison Officer- Bengaluru, Government of Manipur as functional president of the function.
Delivering his speech D.S. Poonia, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Manipur informed to the Manipur Diaspora settled and residing in Bengaluru to make use of the Liaison Office for the benefit of the Manipuri population residing in Bengaluru. He elaborated on the initiative of the Government to make the infrastructure available in Manipur so that Manipur is developed into an ideal investment destination. Giving stress on the IT sector, he said it is well known that Bengaluru is the Silicon Valley of India and the Manipur Government is open to ideas and suggestions from experts based in Bengaluru. Mentioning of the excellent Air Connectivity, he quoted it is now possible for any individual travelling from Bengaluru to be in Imphal by noon if started in the morning. Manipur today has approximately 14 flights landing and taking off from Tulihal Airport. He invited tourist to avail of the excellent air connectivity and explore the rich culture and heritage of the state.
The Governor of Manipur Dr. HR Bhardwaj recollected his old association with the North Eastern part of India in various capacities he has been in early days. He highlighted the huge potential of the State of Manipur.
The evening was followed by a grand show of Manipur Cultural Programme. The crowds were enthralled by the richness of the culture and vibrant dances of the state.
From Manipur, the event is participated by Planning Department, Arts and Culture, Tourism Department, Manipur Development Society, IT Department of Government of Manipur and Shija Hospitals and Research Institute.