IMPHAL, 14TH OCTOBER, 2017 (DIPR): Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh said, indigenous games of Manipur like Thang-Ta clearly reflected the aged old Meitei Culture and Philosophy and therefore it is time to infuse it to the younger generation of these days. He was speaking to the closing function of 14- Days Workshop Cum Training for Manipuri Martial Arts (Thang-Ta, Sarit Sarat, Sajel Kanglon, Arambai) held at Uripok Achom Leikai, Basketball Ground in Imphal today.

Joykumar Singh said, Manipuri Martial Arts have a number of events/tactics that will be helpful in self-defence and it is very important in our life. He said, indigenous games that were developed during early days have unique significance to reflect our rich culture and philosophy. However, only a few people have shown their enthusiasm to learn the games, which is unfortunate. Playing modern and indigenous games are equally important for all of us. He further said, it is time to teach various indigenous games to the younger generation so that the younger minds will be conscious enough to know the beauty of our culture and heritage.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister led the people to pay floral tribute to the portraits of departed Gurus. He also distributed certificates to the participants in the training programme. Young children including girls participated in the training.

The training programme was organised by Khwai Martial Arts Academy (KMAA), Uripok, Imphal. Ningthoukhongjam Tombi Raj also spoke on the importance of indigenous games of Manipur. Dr. L. Kungselnaha, President KMAA, Corporator IMC Laishram Gandhi Singh and parents participated among others in the function.

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