Ningombam Pranoy, a young social and cultural activist from Tripura, who is on a visit to Manipur to explore the historical sites of the state, on Monday paid rich tributes and homage to the martyrs of 1891 Anglo-Manipur War at Khongjom Kheba hillock.
Pranoy, who is on an eight-day Manipur tour, arrived at Imphal on March 31, 2023.
Ningombam Pranoy, who is also the advisor of Patriotic Writers Forum Tripura, touched the feet of Major Paona Brajabashi statue and saluted with honour by offering floral tributes. He also offered tarpan at Khongjom river.
Pranoy stated that he was happy to pay floral tributes to the war heroes who fought bravely against the mighty British forces to save our independence and added that it was his long-cherished dream.
He also recalled Thang-Ta, the martial arts from Manipur, used by the war heroes at that last war of Independence. Pranoy requested the authorities concerned of Thang-Ta to organise workshops on the art form at Meitei residing villages of Tripura, to increase the popularity of Thang-Ta.
Gurumayum Biplab Sharma, president, PAWF Tripura, Chongtham Jibanlata, Naorem Romila and Inaoba Moirangthem also took part in the visit led by Rakesh Naorem, secretary, Patriotic Writers Forum Manipur.
Rakesh Naorem recalled the incident of 1891 Anglo-Manipur War and also pleaded with the coaches and organisations of Thang-ta to extend support in organising workshops at Tripura.
Later, both G Biplab Sharma and N. Pranoy visited Tentha and paid floral tribute to the statue of Neta Irawat located at Tentha Khunjao. They also visited the sacred place of Ibudhou Thangjing at Moirang, Loktak Lake, Sangai Ethnic Park, Loktak folklore museum and others on Sunday.