The inaugural programme of a state-of-the-art audio-visual research centre cum felicitation programme of national awardee M Romi Meitei was held at Manipur International University (MIU) on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, MIU professor Thokchom Chandramani highlighted that the Manipuri language was found likely to be extinct according to a survey in 2009.
He maintained that the Manipuri language was the primary connective language among all communities in Manipur and that the detrimental situation of the language arose due to a decline in oral usage and spoken literature.
“Assessing the situation, the centre, equipped with the latest technology, has been opened to document the language,” he added.
On the other hand, he stated that Romi Meitei, who received an award in the 69th National Film Festival of India, had been felicitated for his achievement in the field of Manipuri films. He added that anyone interested in researching Romi Meitei and his filmography could come to the university and do so.
He further stated that a seven-day audio-visual workshop would be conducted very shortly at the university.
National Awardee M Romi Meitei, registrar of Manipur International University Professor T Brajeshwari and Regional director of Central Institute of Hindi Parman among others were present at the event.