IMPHAL, OCTOBER 17, 2017 (DIPR): Manipuris settled in different parts of the country, including those settled in Hojai District, Assam are continuing with their efforts in keeping the rich cultural heritage of Manipur alive. This was stated by Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Revenue Minister Shri Karam Shyam during the 56th Foundation Day celebration of Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad at Manipuri Sahitya Parishad Bhavan, Hojai District, Assam.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, the Minister assured the gathering that he will address to the Manipur Chief Minister to help the Manipuri Diasporas in providing financial assistance. Terming the welcome accorded by women in Hojai as an emotional experience, Minister Karam Shyam said it is a sign of advanced cultural society where the traditions and rituals are followed with passion.

Shri Karam Shyam also assured the gathering that he will help in installing the statue of Jana Neta Hijam Irabot at Manipuri Kala Kristi Kendra, Manipur Basti, Hojai and will attend the Irabot Day celebration. He also said he will convey to Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, Health Minister, Assam to help the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Hojai and the Manipuri community members with financial assistance.

Paying tribute to the Manipuri ancestors, Karam Shyam said that each and every Manipuri must remember the hardships faced by them in keeping the traditions and culture alive. He said Manipuri community expanded as a minority community in Tripura, Assam, Bangladesh and other states due to the efforts of the ancestors who fled Manipur due to internal disturbance. He also advised the students to carry out good deeds and carry forward the works of our ancestors. Stating that it was encouraging to see that youths are keeping up with the traditions despite the rapid modernisation across the globe, the Minister said Manipuri community is still alive because each one of us feels the pride in being a Manipuri.

The function was attended by Dr Karam Ibongohal, President, Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Laipubam Upendra Sharma, Director, JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal and Dr. Parmanda Rajbanshi, Secretary General Assam Shahitya Sabha and representatives of Manipuri community in Hojai District.

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