Eminent filmmaker Aribam Syam Sharma on Monday said the government should open courses on Manipuri dance and music in schools and depute teachers for the same.
Aribam speaking at the 18th Film Forum Manipur foundation day held at Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound, Imphal.
Expressing concern that younger generations should not be deprived of opportunities to explore the diverse Manipuri art forms and the essence of Manipuriness, he said: "Students now are burdened by tutions day and night which eventually distanced them from family members and the community. This will have an adverse impact on the society in the long run".
Recounting the journey of Manipuri cinema for the last 50 years, Aribam said the debate over whether film should come under art and culture or IPR is irrelevant.
He stated that the various bodies are ever ready to fund projects for competent people. The question of films receiving more funding if administration is restored to IPR does not arise, he added.
Meanwhile, speaking as chief guest of the function, Langthabal constituency MLA Karam Shyam vowed to do all possible in reminding the government to take steps for upscaling Manipuri cinema. He said films among other art forms have a major role in raising awareness as well as educating the masses.
Advisor of Film Forum Manipur, RK Nimai also opined that the debate over whether film should be under DIPR or art and culture is totally irrelevant. Rather, the film community should put collective efforts for the growth of Manipuri cinema, he said.
Forum chairman, L Surjakanta noted critic, Nongmaithem Tombi were also present during the occasion.
Ex-office bearers of the forum and film personalities were also honoured as a part of the celebration.