The Department of Art and Culture, Government of Manipur as a member of North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur (NEZCC) was recently organised the "Folk Dance Yatra-Celebration of Zonal Cultural Centre."
The festival, 'Culture for Peace', highlighted the idea of unity through blending of different dances and music of the participating tribes.
"This is a festival in which we are trying to bring all communities of the northeast, including Manipur. In Manipur we have so many tribes and communities. We have done a cultural camp and the outcome of that cultural camp is the choreographed dance that is being put up today," said Som Kamei Director, NEZCC.
The choreographed presentation was the part of Folk Dance Yatra, which was kick-started in April last year in commemoration of Zonal Cultural Centres' silver jubilee.
It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Chandigarh. Nine tribes from Manipur which jointly participated in the event were Tangkhul, Maram, Tarao, Monsang, Maring, Kom, Kabui and Meitei. Thang-ta - a martial dance and some other acts enthralled the audiences.
"Today itself we will find all communities of Manipur, from different parts of the districts like Tangkhul, Kom, Maring and other tribes of Manipur. They will perform together and these acts will help in building peace for the entire nation and the universe," said DR. Y. Sadananda Singh, an audience .
"I do really believe that our tradition and culture are very precious and we should keep it and treasure it forever. I very much appreciate Manipur Art and Culture group from my tribe on this very occasion," added Kenboy a participant and Group Leader of Monsang Tribe.
Such events not only highlight the vibrant culture of the region, but also play an important role in strengthening bonds between different tribes. (ANI)