Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh Wednesday unveiled a statue of Meidingu Narasingh at Kangla Western Gate and said as small as Manipur is, it is necessary for the present generation to remember and honour the sacrifices made by our forefathers in building the land and follow in their footsteps.
This is why today, the government is constructing memorials of our forefathers at different locations, the Chief Minister said, speaking at a function held at the Kangla Hall wherein artiste of the State were also felicitated and distribution of assistance under Chief Ministergi Artistessingi Tengbang (CMAT) Scheme 2022.
He further explained that earlier there was a statue of only Maharaj Gambhir Singh at Maharaj Gambhir Singh Samadhi Complex, Canchipur, but in remembrance of the Seven Years Devastation, statues of Meidingu Narasingh and Sana Herachandra were installed and honoured.
The Chief Minister also said that he has held meetings with Manipuri Filmmaker Romi Meetei and discussed making films on the life of Maharaj Kullachandra to celebrate his courageous spirit, and Seven years Devastation.
We have to remember and celebrate our forefathers because without them we would not have existed, the Chief Minister said.
Regarding the implementation of the CMAT Scheme, the Chief Minister also said that we have neglected the State’s artistes for long although we always say our art & culture and sports put us on the world map.
The government has launched the CMAT and pension scheme to recognise the renowned artistes and encourage them, he added.
The Chief Minister also assured all possible assistance to the artistes of the State and said a society cannot have its identity without maintaining and preserving its culture and tradition.
The function was also attended by Hon’ble Ministers Thongam Biswajit Singh, Yumnam Khemchand, Govindas Konthoujam, Nemcha Kipgen, Kashim Vashum, L. Susindro Meitei, MP Rajya Sabha Maharaj Leishemba Sanajaoba, MLAs and artistes among others.