By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Aug 12
The process of translating “Puya” to English will begin soon so that the unique history of Manipur will be made known to all, chief minsiter Nongthombam Biren said at the first foundation day of Manipur University of Culture at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Palace Gate today.
The function was attended by the top officials of the state including state’s governor, Najma Heptullah and Biren Singh as chief guest and president respectively.
The chief minister said a committee would be formed to look after the translation work. Distinguish and eminent scholars and academicians would be invited to form the committee.
Deputy chief minister, Yumnam Joykumar Singh, art and culture minster L. Jayantakumar Singh and education minister Th. Radheshyam Singh attended as guests of honour.
Biren Singh said that culture plays a very important role in bridging the gap between the differences of both the hills and valleys and therefore it is to be developed and given main focus.
Najma Heptullah, applauds the university to preserve and propagate the rich and unique culture and heritage of the state. She pointed out that culture is one area which the state of Manipur is easily identified from the rest of the world.
She said that Manipuri dance is a sensitive and an elegant type of classical dance and reiterated that it is the art of Manipur alone but India as a whole, so development is important as development of cultural heritage.
The governor said youths of Manipur should be encouraged to keep the skills and creativity alive and robust. “We must ensure the survival of traditional art, handicrafts, dance form and music so that it may continue to enrich the country”, she added.
Fifteen eminent contributors to the field of art and culture were felicitated by the university during the programme. Two Padma Shree awardees, Laishram Birendrakumar Singh and Rajkumar Jhalajit Singh were among the felicitators respect and acknowledgment at the function.
Souvenir of the university was also released by the dignitaries at the occasion. Various cultural items were showcased during the programme by students of the university.