NEW DELHI, November 20 (MIC): Rhythmic and colourful dances drawing from hills and valley of Manipur with fashion show on Manipuri fabrics enthralled the house packed audience at Hamsadhwani Theatre, Pragati Maidan here this evening on the occasion of Manipur Day Celebration at the 32nd India International Trade Fair, 2012.
Speaking as the Chief Guest, Manipur Commerce and Industry Minister Govindas Konthoujam highlighted on Manipur`s rich cultural heritage, handloom and handicraft, and the contribution of sports in the international arena. He described Manipur as the Gateway of South East Countries. As agreed in between India and Myanmar, the Mandalay –Imphal bus service would start soon, he added. He invited the tourists to visit Manipur and enjoy the 10-day Sangai Festival commencing from November 21 to 30 at Imphal and various places of Manipur. He stated, “Manipur has excellent climate, good air connectivity and is a beautiful place, and it is described as ‘a little paradise on earth’.”
In his speech, PHED Minister I Hemochandra informed, “Manipur is the shining state in the East, though it is small state. As a tourist destination, Manipur is an ideal place”. He invited the tourists to see the scenic beauties and cultural heritages of Manipur. His speech in both English and Hindi targeted the large audience.
Principal Secretary of Commerce and Industries O. Nabakishore gave welcome address.
Manipur Pavilion at Indian International Trade Fair (IITF) 2012 at Pragati Maidan here showcased State’s typical handloom and handicrafts products produced by the co-operative societies and individual entrepreneurs representing from all nine districts of Manipur.
Manipur Pavilion in the ongoing India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan here drew a large crowd this year to buy unique Manipuri handloom and handicrafts items. Twenty eight Co-operative Societies and individuals from different parts of Manipur were taking part in the two-week long International Fair organized by the India Trade Promotion Organisation commencing from November 14 annually.
The participants were Kongpal Laithong Lairembi Weavers Cooperative Society, Kongpal Chanam Leikai, Imphal East; Ukhrul District Handloom and Handicraft Federation Ltd, Wino Bazar, Ukhrul District; Lamding Cherapur Handloom Cluster, Thoubal District; Bishnunaha Weaving Cooperative Society, Yairipok Bishnunaha, Thoubal District; Sangai Women’s H/L and H/C Cooperative Society, Bishnupur District; Top Awang Leikai Weavers Cooperative Society, Imphal East; Ningthoukhong Bazar Area Handloom Industry, Bishnupur District; Uchekon Takhok Mapal Women’s Welfare Association, Imphal East; Standard Weaving Cooperative Society, Sega Road Takhellambam Leikai, Imphal West; Popular H/L/and H/C Cooperative Society, Keishamthong, Imphal West; Modern H/L and H/C Cooperative Society, Ningthoukhong, Bishnupur District; Kali Women’s Development Welfare association, Yaiskul Police Lane, Imphal West; Ideal H/L and H/C Cooperative Society, Samurou, Imphal West; Kha Naorem Leikai Handloom Cluster, Kakwa Naorem Leikai, Imphal West; Sister Creation, tamenglong Bazar, Tamenglong; Ideal H/L and H/C and Caroline Dry Flower and Embroidery, Tuibong and Saitong Village, Churachandpur; Meipu Village Society, Chandel District; Evergreen Handworks, Tumuyon Khullen, Senapati District; Barak Foods, Senapati District; Panthoibi Crafts, Pungdongbam, Imphal East; Wash Group Industry, Koirengei Uranthong, Imphal East; Blooming Dale, Neikanglong, Imphal East; Super Shoe, Changangei, Imphal West; Moirang Khunou Mairembam Weavers Cooperative Society, Moirang Khunou, Bishnupur; Social Economic Development Self-Help Group, Khangabok, Thoubal District; Wangkhei Ningthou Women’s Welfare association, Wangkhei, Imphal East and Social Community Women’s Welfare Association , Okram Chuthek , Imphal East.
Apart from the private participants, the products of three Government organizations namely Sericulture Department, Manipur Development Society and Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts Development Corporation were also displayed in the Manipur Pavilion.