Imphal: Minister (TA & Hills, GAD, Transport) Vungzagin Valte attended the Valedictory Function of a seven-day workshop cum painting competition on the theme “Tribal Freedom Fighters of Manipur” Saturday at the Tribal Research Institute, Imphal.
The workshop was sponsored by the ministry of tribal affairs, the government of India and organized by the Tribal Research Institute, Imphal with the objective of preserving the intangible cultural heritage of the various tribal freedom fighters of the state and also to promote tribal artists.
The workshop offers a platform for tribal artists of the state to come together to exchange ideas and enhance their skills from the experts.
The minister expressed his hope of inculcating patriotic feelings among the masses through this workshop and creating sustainable economic activities for income generation for the participants as professional painters and artists. We are free because of the sacrifices of our forefathers who have fought for our independence, he added.
Expressing his gratitude to TRI for promoting awareness about freedom fighters and unsung heroes during the freedom movement, the Minister opined that workshops such as this should be organized in the future at different hill districts in the time to come.
The minister also gave away prizes and citations to the participants and winners of the painting competition. Sareo Phanitphang, Paominlen Lupheng and Golmei Bonny Kabui won the first, second and third prizes whereas Phaningshang, RN Mungram and Wirisangjingbou Marenmai were awarded consolation prizes respectively. 24 painters from different districts participated in the painting competition.