Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh expressed his happiness that Manipur’s tribal folk musician and singer p Rewben Mashangva and potloi designer Hanjabam Radhe Devi were conferred with Padma Shri Awards for their renowned contribution in the world of arts.
Manipur, although a small state, is known for its rich culture. Its cultural expressions give the state a distinct identity. Rewben Mashangva had been playing an important role in reviving musical tradition of the Tangkhul Naga of Manipur, using traditional musical instruments in his songs and had devoted his entire life to the development of folk music of the Nagas. Radhe Devi had worked as a traditional bridal wear designer and as Potloi Setpi for the last 58 years and had dressed over 1,000 brides during her lifetime. She had also played a major role in showcasing the potloi with her intricate designs, Biren said in a message.
“On this joyous occasion, I, on behalf of Government of Manipur and people of the state extend heartiest congratulations to Rewben Mashangva and Hanjabam Radhe Devi for making the state proud with their achievements,” Biren said.