State gears up for ‘Sangai Festival’

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IMPHAL, November 5: With the ‘Manipur Sangai Festival 2015’ just two weeks away hectic preparation are on the way to organise the festival in a grand way.

A press conference was convened today by the Secretary (Tourism), Government of Manipur Nidhi Mani Tripathi, at the Old Secretariat conference room to announce the government effort.

She said that the upcoming tourism festival is for everyone and should be enjoyed with great fervour.

She said she will be liable to any queries from any section of the society having any doubt with regards to transparency in organising the event.

She further continued that suggestions from experts are still awaiting to make the festival more grandeur.

Apart from the regular programmes as in previous year, cultural programmes from Asian cultural theatre, Theatre groups from Japanese, Bangladesh, Assam will adds as a new flavour to the festival scheduled to be held at Beigyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT).

Altogether 250 stalls, including international stalls, mostly of indigenous items and foods will be showcased, she said adding that the stalls will be given priority to the participants from the State promoting ‘Make in Manipur’, North Eastern States India and foreign countries.

She said that as an upgrade to the upcoming festival the department will allot stalls for exhibiting paintings and sculptures to expose the talents from the state.

Diversifying the festival the Tourism secretary, further said that the fifth day of the festival falling on the full-moon day also known as ‘Purnima’, the ‘Maharaas’ (aka known as Raj Leela) will be showcased at Govindaji Temple.

Moreover, the tourist will be given the opportunity to tour the neighbouring country of Myanmar on the Golden Myanmar flights which are scheduled to land at Tulihal airport on November 21 and 26.

The Tourism secretary asserted that a Myanmar-Manipur cultural conference will be conducted during the season at Chorus Repertory Theatre at Lamboi Khongnangkhong with participations of scholars from across the world.

Further She divulged that the first secretary Embassy and Minister of Japan, and also High Commissioner of Bangladesh will also be taking part in the upcoming festival.

The conference was also attended by Director Tourism department Shyamlal Poonia and Deputy Director Rachel N Guite.

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