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Don’t compromise Nata-Sankirtan for money: Padma Shri Naba Warepa

'Nata-Sankirtan is one of the art forms which is practiced in performing various rituals of Manipuri people in different stages of life.'

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 26 May 2022, 3:08 pm

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Expressing concerns over the trend of compromising of Nata-Sankirtan by some vested artists while performing in Manipuri wedding, Padma Shri Naba Warepa on Thursday apprised the artistes of the state to not compromise while performing the unique art form Nata-Sankirtan for the sake of money.

He was delivering the chief guest speech during the 23rd foundation day celebration of the All Manipur Arts and Culture Students’ Union (AMACSU) at the auditorium of JN Manipur Dance Academy in Imphal West.

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Warepa also stated that the beautiful practices of Manipuri weddings are slowly diminishing with many trying to make the ritual ceremony more of an entertainment programme.

He informed that Nata-Sankirtan is one of the art forms which is practiced in performing various rituals of Manipuri people in different stages of life.

Though Nata-Sankritan has been recognised as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2013 for its uniqueness, it is high time to give due importance in preserving and promoting it in its genuine form, he said.

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Director of Progressive Artiste Laboratory (PAL) N Tiken, while speaking as guest of honour, stressed the need to understand the underlying meaning and background of any performing arts forms while learning.

As a part of the observance, students of JN Manipur Dance Academy showcased the Chaali dance and Kabui dance. The function was presided by retired guru (Rass) of JNMDA K Kumar Singh.

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First published:26 May 2022, 3:08 pm

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