Imphal, FEBRUARY 24, 2018 (DIPR): The 3 -day long Festival of Literature,Dance & Music kicked off today at Chorus Repertory Theatre Complex,Samushang with eminent theatre personality, poet and playwright  Shri Ratan Thiyam as the Chief Guest.

The event was organized by Writers’ Forum, Imphal under the financial umbrella of North Eastern Council, Ministry of DoNER, Government of India.

The function was attended by eminent poet & Director (IPR),North Eastern Council, Secretariat, Shillong, Shri Manas Ranjan Mahapatra as the Guest of Honour and  President, Writers’ Forum, Imphal, Shri Lamabam Viramani as the President.

The inaugural event started off with invocation that comprised of pena recital.

Of all the factors which determine the future of a race in this age of globalization, the maturity in art is the long journey, said Ratan Thiyam.

“In the world of mind, we should therefore remember that in the world of tomorrow that  is only being guilty or sinking today, my presentation is a response to my existence to everyday life which contains my tradition, inspiration and even the tastiest wishing that I eat and enjoy”, he expressed while talking about literature, dance and music.

The definition of civilization itself is changing, he also said while sharing his opinion on change as a dynamic process.

In his welcome note, noted writer & also Chairman Festival Committee, I Basanta Singh thanked the organizers and the distinguished invitees for making the function meaningful.

Sharing that he is from a state that has got 500 years of association with Manipur, Manas Ranjan Mahapatra, who  is a Brahmin Kshetriya, said that Manipur should work more in the direction of literature and cultural events. “We have also started funding the Brahmaputra Valley Film Festival, apparently the largest film festival in the North-East”, he also added.

AIR Station Director who is also the Director of the festival, Dilip Mayengbam said thatthe motto behind the festival is to know the relationship between literature and dance, literature and music and understanding the  present trends of literature in different languages in the North East. In connection with dance , drama and music, he stated that  dancers express the feelings and intensity of their worlds in a tender manner.

Souvenir of the Fest titled Fragrance of the Hills, Manipuri Short Stories(in Paite language) by Kamkhenthang,An Anthology of Manipuri Poetry(in English) and Sahityagi Pao (quarterly journal) were released during the function.

As part of the function, Ch Chitra Devi recited eminent writer and poet Laishram Somorendro’s  famous poem: Lei Langba.

The gathering observed condolence in the name of demised writers and singers of the land who brought laurels for the State.

Writers, poets, musicians, artists and other art lovers of Manipur took part in the function.

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