The 2nd edition of Youth Window ‘Imphal-Paris’ jointly organised by Sidaba Culture Foundation La Danse Qui Chante (LDQC) under the aegis of Embassy of India, Paris, France was held on Sunday at Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy.
CWAF chairman Budha Chingtham, Manipur University of Culture assistant professor Manju Elangbam and LDQC artistic director Angela Sofia Sterzer among others attended the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Manju Elangbam highlighted that the event had been organised to establish a cultural connection between artistes of France and Manipur. It is a talent hunt to find out the best artiste in both regions, he added.
“The event was started before the pandemic with the main objective to provide a platform to young Manipuri artiste to expose their talents to western and european audiences,” he said.
He pointed out that different art forms showcased during the event will be collected and kept for study in the LDQC Archives, Paris.
“The event was organised out of personal pockets, the state government did not provide any assistance for the event but we are sure it will start once the programme gains recognition and success,” he said.
The professor maintained that more countries will join in the future as the event progresses.
Manju further highlighted that four artiste from various fields had chosen for the event which included Manipuri folk song, Manipuri Classical Dance, Thang-ta and Contemporary dance.
Meanwhile, Angela Sofia Sterzer stated that the event had been initiated to give visibility, encouragement and hope to upcoming artists.
She exuded confidence that the event will help budding artiste who are unsure of their future engagements as an artiste. It will provide a wider perspective for artists, she added.