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Manipur hosts tribal folk dance festival
Published on 6 Dec. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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Imphal recently reverberated to rhythmic drumbeats and assorted musical instruments on the occasion of tribal Folk Dance Festival. This colourful cultural extravaganza was jointly hosted by the state government’s Department of Art and Culture and the central government’s Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, reported ANI . Organisers of the fest noted that such festivals are ideal to propagate and promote most of the tribal dance forms, which in the modern era lack patronage. “This is the main project for this time as the entire districts are mixed together; culture is the common way of meeting together,” said, Saroji, Director of the Department of Arts and Culture, Manipur. Tribal folk dances of Thangkul, Kabui, Raigailong, Thadou Kuki were presented by different troupes. “This festival highlights the age-old tradition and culture of our forefathers. We, the Tangkhul tribals have a rich heritage to show to the people. So, we are here to participate in the festival,” said Mahai Lunghar, a young folk dancer. The festival helps in preserving integrity of the state and to enliven the centuries old folk traditions. It also provides a platform for the present day Manipuri youth to be abreast with their state’s cultural heritage.

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