Workshop cum second production of “The Benefits of Manipuri Thang-Ta on women” heldIMPHAL | Apr 13
With the changing scenario of the society, the importance of Thang-Ta is popularising rapidly, said principal DSAC, Academic Centre, Irilbung, professor H. Amujao Sharma.
He stated this in a workshop cum second production of “The Benefits of Manipuri Thang-Ta on women” held at the auditorium of Huyen Lallong Manipur Thang-Ta Cultural Association, Irilbung, Imphal East today.
The programme was organised as an individual project of Kakchingtabam Bhanupriya Devi under Cultural Function and Production Grant (CFPG) scheme funded by ministry of culture.
Delivering his speech as chief guest of the function, Amujao said that Thang-Ta is one of the important indigenous art form of the state as it is fundamental to all other performing arts. This art form is associated with 2000 years old history. It was originated as man’s defensive weapon to protect from enemies and animals when they came out from their settlement to search for livelihood.
He further highlighted that state martyr, Paona Brajabashi fearlessly faced British army, who were equipped with advanced weapon in Battle of Khongjom 1891 only with this indigenous art form.
The art of Thang-ta was neglected for a long gap but now people have started realising the importance and even women have started learning this art form. Moreover it is being included as extra-curricular activities in most of the schools, he stated while adding that central government is focusing to produce more number of women martial artist that can even reach international arena.
Project director, Bhanupriya said that the workshop is being organised with an objective to spread the skill of martial art among the women. The changing scenario of increased rate of crime against women demands all women to be equipped with martial art skills. If maximum women of the state could excel the skill of this indigenous performing art form then issue of petty crime against women may be lowered to some extent, she added.
Bhanupriya is one of the most talented female artistes of Manipuri Martial Art, Thang-Ta. She performed Thang-Ta in different places of India. She received Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Award, 2014 from Dalit Sahitya Academy, New Delhi and National Friendship Award, 2015 from North East Biography Forum in recognition of her outstanding contributions and performances in Thang-Ta.
Currently she is working as a senior performing artiste and instructor of Association for Paona Memorial Arts and Rural Development Services, Wangkhem, Thoubal District, Manipur.
Other dignitaries who attended the function were Naoshekpam Rabi Meitei, pradhan Bamonkampu Gram Panchayat, Th. Ibemubi Devi, Manipur State Kala Akademi Awardee and K. Shanathoiba Sharma, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awardee.
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