Manipur Textiles, Commerce & Industries Minister, Nemcha Kipgen hailed Manipur as an epitome of “unity and diversity’ which is home to 34 different tribes speaking different languages and dialects with distinct culture and tradition.
This was expressed by the minister while gracing the Manipur Day Celebration at the 41st India International Trade Fair (IITF), 2022 held on Thursday at Amphi Theatre, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The 41st India International Trade Fair (IITF): 2022 began with much fanfare on November 14 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The mega event will continue till November 27. This year the theme of the trade fair is ‘Vocal for Local, Local to Global’.
While addressing the gatherings, Minister Nemcha Kipgen said that the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh have led the country and Manipur to a certain height towards the path of inclusive development.
Nemcha Kipgen highlighted that Manipur is truly a miniature of India abound with rich treasure of art and culture both from the Hills and the Plain with a mention of famous Rasa Lila- the classic dance depicting the love of Krishna and Radha and Gopis’ devotion to the Lord, Kut festival of the Kuki-Chin- Mizo, and the Luingaini festival of the Nagas.
Manipur also gave Polo to the world and the state is an emerging powerhouse of sport in India, she asserted. She continued that Manipur produced many Olympians, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games’ laurel like Mary Kom, Mirabai Chanu, Shushila Likmabam, Sushila Pukhrambam, Nilakanta Sharma, Nilakomol, Thoiba, Dingko, Kunjarani Devi and many more.
Textiles Minister, Nemcha further stated that Manipur is rich in handloom, handicrafts and pottery products reflecting the nature of the cultural diversities and socio-economic existence. Handloom and handicraft are the largest cottage industry in the State, she added.
Cultural presentations namely Maibee Dance, Thang Ta, Kabui/Rongmei dance, Pung Cholom and Traditional attire parade were the cultural highlights of the evening.
State director of Trade, Commerce & Industries Yumnam Robita and deputy resident commissioner, Manipur Bhavan, New Delhi LH Ngathingshim also graced the event as special guest, president and guest of honour respectively.