Updated 21 Apr 2022, 6:57 pm
Padma Shree awardee and President of Theatre Centre, Manipur Wareppa Naba has expressed his deep resentment against the Manipur government for not paying sincere attention in preservation and promoting the decaying cultural heritage of Manipur.
He stated this during the prize distribution ceremony of 52nd short play competition for creative directors, 2021 and felicitation of international awardees on Wednesday. The programme was organised by Theatre Centre, Manipur at the auditorium of Manipur Dramatic Union, Yaiskul Police Lane.
Addressing the function, Wareppa Naba said that though government leaders always speak highly of the rich culture, tradition and various art forms of the state, in reality, leaders who whole-heartedly love and care about the cultural heritage of Manipur are hard to find.
The art and culture of Manipur would not have degraded so fast had the 60 representatives of Manipur given their sincere attention in its preservation and promotion, he added.
Pointing out some of the art forms which have almost disappeared from the state, he asked, "Will we be able to see Khongjam Parva, Pena Famsak, Wari Liba, Lairik Thiba etc. after some years? Are our leaders really worried about these art forms which we consider as identity of Manipur particularly Meitei Community?”
He said that Theatre Centre, Manipur has been functioning since 1954 with limited resources. But till date, not a single support and cooperation has been received from the state government. Besides this, the state government not giving a single incentive to artists who had received national or international awards as a mark of encouragement is disheartening.
Appealing to implement cultural policy effectively, he said that with or without support from the government, artists will continue to serve the state with their creative ideas in the interest of society. But considering the role of government is also important in safeguarding the rich culture of Manipur and appeals were made, the Padma Shree awardee said.
The chief guest of the function, MLA Karam Shyam Singh expressed his profound interest in the field of art and culture being an artist at one point of time.
Assuring to extend his possible support in promotion of art and culture, he said that government neglecting in promotion of art and culture is acceptable. Despite not being a concerned minister, all the information about grievances faced by artists along with losing various art forms will be shared to his leaders from time to time. Apart from that, possible support will be extended from his own pocket, the MLA said.
He also informed that various places which are of historical significance in Langthabal constituency are under construction. Some of them are Heibokching, Lilong Konung Park, Dr Kamal Literary Complex. Having the interest of art and knowing its values really inspired him to take up all these developmental works, he said.
As a part of the programme director, Manipuri Theatre Academy, Wangoi Sarungbam Beeren; director, North Eastern Artists Association, Heingang Nimai Senjam and MLA Karam Shyam were felicitated.
Altogether 10 drama groups took part in the competition of 52nd Short Play Competition for Creative Directors, 2021. 50 awards, in various categories, were given during the prize distribution ceremony. Best actor award was bagged by Kh Jilangamba Singh and best actress by RK Romita Devi.
The programme was also attended by president, Manipur Dramatic Union Soraisham Keshoram as guest of honour.
First published:20 Apr 2022, 2:41 pm
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