IMPHAL, September 23: The 45th foundation day of Manipur State Museum was observed today at its auditorium. The function was organised by the Department of Art and Culture, government of Manipur.
As part of the observation, a painting competition was held under the theme ‘Museum’s Role in Education’.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, Thoidingjam Tombi said that Western culture today has swayed the youth away from their own rich culture and tradition, but preserving and maintaining a museum will the help the youth in reviving neglected knowledge.
Dr R K Nimai Singh, IAS (Retd), consultant, Govt of Manipur, who was the president of the function, said that museum is an essential institution for preserving the relics of human civilisation and glorious past of any society.
He also said that it is the mirror through which the people can see the cultural heritage of the society.
While delivering the keynote address of the function, Dr K Sobita Devi, Director, Art and Culture, Manipur said that Manipur State Museum was inaugurated by the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi on 23 September, 1969 and it has become full-fledged multipurpose Museum after 32 year after its inauguration.
She further said that the department is planning numerous programmes and projects in the coming days.
The painting competition was divided into two categories, group A and group B. All together 54 participants took part in the painting competition.
Later during the function, certificates were distributed to the winners and the participants by the chief guest and the president.