Performing arts is not about competition as the word competition is out of context in preserving and uplifting the culture, said renowned folk singer Mangka Mayanglambam on Monday.
She was sharing her experience about her recent tour to Switzerland and France along with her father Oja Mangangsana Mayanglambam where they performed Manipuri folk music LIVE in five different locations, besides joining a master class and an interaction programme.
The tour, organised by the Maolkeki Foundation (MKF), started on April 10 and ended on April 19. Considering the tour a great success in uplifting the Manipur culture and a pride for the whole Manipur, the daughter and the father duo were felicitated by the chairman of Babina Groups, Dr Th Dhabali, at Hotel Classic Grande in Imphal.
Talking to the media, Mangka said that the tour was a great achievement in her career as she was able to perform the Manipur folk song LIVE to the audience of overseas countries.
“Cultural performance is not about prizes or awards. It is all about showcasing the pride of Manipur. Nothing is more valuable than this,” she said.
Stating that they witnessed classes for adult students (mostly those above 60 years) which were a big inspiration, Mangka stressed the need of organising such classes for adult students in the state.
Such will make the aged person pursue their ambition or hobby after their retirement, she said, adding it will also make them feel young.
She also informed that France-based Manipur dance teacher, Angela Sterzer, also performed in France during the tour and that she also got the opportunity to perform the Pena fusion with Alphorn (folk instrument of Switzerland) along with renowned artist from Switzerland, Enrico Lenzin.
She also informed that Enrico Lenzin will be visiting the state in 2024 to give LIVE performances in different locations of the state.
The programme also witnessed the head of projects of the Maolkeki Foundation Nirupa Sanjenbam.