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Manipur Sangai Festival-2018

  • Category
    History & Culture
  • Published
    29th Nov, 2018

State of Manipur celebrated its annual “Manipur Sangai” festival from 21st to 30th November.

Context

State of Manipur celebrated its annual “Manipur Sangai” festival from 21st to 30th November.

About

Sangai festival

  • The festival is named after the State animal, Sangai, the brow-antlered deer found only in Manipur.
  • It started in 2010 and has grown over the years into a big platform for Manipur to showcase its rich tradition and culture to the world.
  • Every edition of the festival showcases the tourism potential of the state in the field of arts & culture, handloom, handicrafts, indigenous sports, cuisine, music and adventure sports.
  • It is labelled as the grandest festival of the State and promotes Manipur as a world class tourism destination.

Various features of festival

Dance

  • The State’s classical dance form, ‘Ras Leela’ forms an important part of the dance performances during the festival. It is quite famous all over the world for its distinctiveness from any other dance forms in India.
  • Other folk dance performances like the Kabui Naga dance, Bamboo dance, Maibi dance, Lai Haraoba dance, Khamba Thoibi dance are showcased at the festival.

Handicraft

  • The festival brings to light an array of Manipur’s best indigenous handlooms and handicrafts products which are otherwise not widely available in the market.
  • The themed huts of the variety of tribes at the heritage park represented the living-style of these tribes and exhibit their indigenous products.

Sports

  • Indigenous sports were a major highlight of the festival this year.
  • Manipur’s famous martial arts- Thang Ta (a combination Spear & Sword skills), Yubi-Lakpi (a game played with greased coconut like rugby), Mukna Kangjei (a game that combines hockey and wrestling), and Sagol Kangjei- Modern Polo (believed to have evolved in Manipur) all formed part of the festival.
  • Adventure sports activities like trekking, white water rafting and parasailing etc. also formed a major part of the festival.

Cuisines

  • The festival introduced visitors to the best of the State’s cuisines.
  • Manipur’s popular dishes include Nga-thongba (fish curry), Eromba (a dish prepared with boiled vegetables and fermented fish), Ooti (mustard beans), Bora (pakoda), Paknam (a baked cake of gram flour mixed with other ingredients), Singju (a spicy hot traditional salad), and Brown-rice Kheer

Unlike the previous editions of the festival, the 2018 edition of the Manipur Sangai Festival has been organized at different locations in Imphal and Bishnupur District. The decision has been made keeping in view, the increasing number of visitors to the state during the festival.

                         Some of the important tourist destination in Manipur

  1. Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT)
  2. Loktak Lake: Located in Bishnupur District which is 48 km from Imphal City, it is the largest fresh water lake in the North–East India. Fishermen living in floating islands called Phumdis in floating huts known as Phumsangs are unique sights of this lake.
  3. Keibul Lamjao National Park: The only floating National Park in the world, it is located on the Loktak Lake. It is the last natural habitat of the “Sangai” (Rucervus eldii eldii), the dancing deer of Manipur.
  4. INA Memorial at Moirang: This town in Bishnupur District of Moirang has a special place in the history of India’s Freedom Struggle. It was here that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on April 14, 1944.
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