Imphal: The 3-Day Festival of Dance and Music “Nata-Sankirtana” was kicked off from Tuesday at the Mandap of Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA), Imphal. The festival is the annual feature of the Academy’s activities.
Minister for Agriculture, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry & Tourism, Oinam Lukhoi Singh; Former Director, JNMDA, Imphal, Dilip Mayengbam National Awardee; Padmashree, Retd. Pradhan Guru, JNMDA, Imphal S. Thanil Singh and Director In-charge of the Academy P. Bilash Singh attended the inaugural function of the Nata- Sankirtana festival as chief guest, guest of honours and president respectively
While addressing the gathering, Oinam Lukhoi Singh said that Manipur is known to the world for its rich culture and traditions inherited from and sports. “We have to protect and promote the same for the future generations”, he added.
Artists from different organizations of Nata Sankirtana, students of JNMDA, Imphal, gurus and many eminent personalities have attended the occasion.
As part of today’s first-day festival programme, students of JNMDA, Imphal presented Nata Sankirtana (Sheihou) and the artiste of Prachaya Nata Sankirtana Samaj, Khurai Thangjam Leikai, Imphal presented Nata Sankirtana (Sheisin).
On the second day, artiste of Public Theatre Artiste Association, Phoijing, Nambol will perform Nata Sankirtana ( Sheihou) and artiste of Indra Kala Bhavan, Moirang Thoya Leikai, Moirang will perform Nata Sankirtana (Sheisin).
On a concluding day, artists of the Nata Sangeet Academy and Research Centre, Yaiskul Janmasthan, Imphal will present Nata Sankirtana (Sheihou) and the artiste of Guru Gulapi Nata Sankirtana Academy, Kwakeithel Nganappithong, Imphal will present Nata Sankirtana ( Sheisin).