A 21-day long ‘Training cum Production on Manipur Classical Dance’ in Imphal West concluded on Friday with the production of three Manipuri classical dances which includes a solo, a duet and a group.
As many as 20 students passed a screening test in attending the training programme which was organised by Devishori Foundation for Arts and Culture Efforts (D-FACE) under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture.
During the training programme, the participants were given the opportunity to learn certain unique and complex steps and techniques from various eminent gurus who came as visiting gurus besides attending lectures and demonstrations on Manipuri Classical Dance from experts.
Speaking on the occasion, programme coordinator BC Teckcham said that the training programme was organised with the motive to shield the youths from the external materialistic world and influence of westernisation and K-pop culture and let them explore the real culture of Manipur.
He said that the period of 21 days is rather short for learning the basics of classical dance. He suggested that such training programmes will become more significant and meaningful if the ministry sanctions enough funds to organise a programme with the duration of at least two months.
State coordinator of Art and Culture Sh Nabachandra Sharma, while speaking as the chief guest speech, stressed the need to continue the strive to uplift the arts and culture of Manipur even if it is popular worldwide.
“If we intend to stop giving efforts in this competitive field of arts and culture, the status of Manipur’s arts and culture will go down,” she added.
The event was also attended by assistant professor of MU L Subhadra Devi as guest of honour while CDPO of Imphal East-I Sawombung T Memcha Devi presided over the programme.