Many activities are required to improve the quality of Manipuri literature, Ratan Thiyam, chairman, Chorus Repertory Theatre, said during the celebration of 38th Manipuri Literary Society, Imphal foundation day on Thursday.
Addressing the function at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal, as chief guest, Ratan Thiyam said that the state had produced many books but there is no parameter to decide the status of Manipuri literature.
"People of the state hardly bother about analysing the literature of other states and countries," Ratan said, adding that their ideas are mainly restricted to literary products of the state.
Not doing enough translation of other literature in Manipuri language also proves this fact, he said and suggested discussing, analysing and observing literature of other states so that new taste can give in Manipuri literature.
Ratan Thiyam further said that the state government should also organise a mega literary festival to groom and nurture writers. Besides ,this they should present an award every year as an honour of their contribution, he added.
Although there is a saying that Manipur is known for its culture and there are many culturalists, there is no coordination between artists of various art and cultural forms, he said.
“Painter, writers, artists of various performing arts etc. used to remain in their own circle. There is a need for consolidation between them to enhance the value of Manipuri culture,” he added.
Manipuri Literary Society, Manipur, president Nongmaithem Kirankumar Singh said that all because of contributions made by writers and members of Manipuri Literary Society, they could exist for 38 years. The society will continue to work relentlessly to promote and preserve Manipuri literature, he said.
He further said that Manipuri Literature is also one of the deep-rooted literatures in India. However, popular literature is rare in hill areas of Manipur. With a vision to increase writers in this region, the society is planning to conduct a meeting for multilingual writers soon.
Former vice-chancellor of Manipur University, Hidangmayum Nandakumar Singh also attended as guest of honour.
During the function, several literary awards were presented. The awards presented included Seram Mukta Mana 2021 to Dr Mangangcha Thoudam Achou; Khuraijam Phullo-Sanathoi Sheirengi Mana 202 to Seram Thoiba Singh; Koijam Kullachandra amasung Sanayaima Devi Novel Award 2021 to Ranbir Sarungba;
Maibam Kebol amasung Surjamukhi Ningsing Warimacha Mana 2021 to Naorem Lokeshwore Singh; Loitongbam Basanta Singh Ningsing Translation Mana 2021 to Dr Tensubam Kunjeshwor Singh; Sanasam Tomal Ningsing Sahitya Mana 2021 to Dr Lairenlakpam Sarat;
Angom Ningthou amasung Angourei Sahitya Mana 2021 to Akoijam Jiten; Ningthoujam Chaoba amasung Yaima Devi Award 2021 to Nongmaithem Tombi and Ningthoujam Chaoba Singh amasung Yaima Devi Award 2022 to Kangjam Ibohal Singh.