IMPHAL, March 14 (NNN): Governor of Manipur, Anusuiya Uikey has said that she will support and co-operate every step to promote the rich culture of the state.
The Governor was speaking at the presentation ceremony of Manipur State Kala Akademi Awards, 2021, held here at Maharaj Chandrakirti Auditorium at Palace Compound in Imphal.
She said that the Manipuri culture is very beautiful and famous worldwide and all should contribute to promote it. She also said that even in Holi, the traditional attire and the respect shows the rich cultural heritage of the state. She said she “feels proud” as the Governor of this state and will extend support to promote the rich cultural legacy. She also stated that she will inform the President and the Prime Minister about the beautiful culture of this state.
Anusuiya Uikey then said that the efforts of Manipur State Kala Akademi (MSKA) will certainly preserve and promote the rare and unique cultural heritage of Manipur. She added that MSKA, since its inception, has been making efforts on a sustained basis for promotion, preservation and propagation of rich cultural traditions such as music, dance, theatre, literature and fine arts within and outside the State.
The Akademi organized festivals, workshops, seminars, symposia and cultural exchange programmes. It also instituted four memorial lectures. The Akademi conferred Lifetime Achievement award to an individual in recognition and honour of his/her outstanding contribution in Manipuri culture over a period of time.
The Governor continued that the Akademi is concerned about a few rare art forms of Manipur, fearing extinction when their aged gurus become invalid or face death. Young talents of these art forms have to be identified and nurtured. The Akademi is the only Agency which can take over this responsibility, she added.
The Governor presented MSKA Lifetime Achievement Award-2021 to Kshetrimayum Randhoni Devi, a noted theatre personality of Manipur. The award carries a shawl, citation, memento and a cheque of rupees 3 lakh. She also presented MSKA Fellow-2021 to Chabungbam Kondum Singh and Sougaijam Thanil Singh. Governor also presented MSKA Award and MSKA Young Talent Award to 19 personalities and 6 young artists respectively.