Equipment and accessories of Thanga-ta martial arts were distributed to 75 organisations related to Thang-ta in Manipur by the Chief Minister Indigenous Martial Arts Academy Manipur on Sunday.
As many as 40 ‘thang’ (sword), ‘chungoi’ (shield) each and interlocking mats were distributed to the 75 organisations besides providing track suits to the gurus of Thang-ta. The distribution was conducted as a third phase of the initiative taken by the Academy to uplift and preserve the indigenous martial arts of Manipur.
On the occasion, secretary of the academy Ksh Bhakta Kumar said that the academy was founded by incumbent Chief Minister N Biren Singh in an effort to strengthen the indigenous martial arts and to keep the youth away from illicit drug-related activities.
He mentioned that the academy has already constructed 15 Thanga-ta training centres across the state and another 15 centres are in their completion stage. Another 20 are in the pipeline, he added. As advised by the chief minister, such training centres will be constructed in all the required places to facilitate all the Thanga-ta gurus in giving training to the aspirants and students.
The programme was also attended by Padmashree Kakchingtabam Sanathoi Sharma and advisor of the academy Meiraba Angaomcha as dias members.