Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday congratulated Machihan Sasa of Ukhrul district in being conferred the Padma Shri award in the Art category (Craft-Pottery-Black) on Republic Day, 2024.
Taking to X, CM Biren said that Sasa's efforts in preserving the unique traditions and culture of Manipur through his work deserve the highest admiration.
"Congratulations to Shri Machihan Sasa, the master craftsman of Longpi pottery, on being conferred the Padma Shri award in the Art category, specifically for Craft-Pottery-Black. Shri Sasa's monumental efforts in preserving the unique traditions and culture of Manipur through his exceptional work deserve the highest admiration. His dedication to cultural conservation and passion for his craft are truly praiseworthy. Best wishes for his future endeavors," CM Biren posted.
Machihan Sasa, a master craftsman hailing from Nungbi Kajui (Longpi Kajui) village in Ukhrul district, Manipur, has dedicated his life to preserving and promoting the ancient art of Longpi black pottery.
Born on April 10, 1950, in a region primarily driven by agriculture and traditional occupations, Machihan has emerged as a pioneer in the field of black stone pottery, contributing significantly to the cultural heritage of Manipur.
Sasa has trained over 300 individuals, that not only helped in serving the art form but also create a sustainable source of income for the villagers.