IMPHAL, April 12 MNS NNN: Manipur State Shumang Leela Council today observed the “Shumang Leela Numit (day) 2013” at Thokchom Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound here.
Shumang Leela artiste Ayekpam Inakhunba, popularly known as ‘Devadas Saaba’ was conferred with the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Award, 2013 by MSSLC at the occasion. The award has been given to him in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of the one of the hottest performing arts of Manipur. The award carries Rs 10, 000 and a citation.
MSSLC observes April 12 as Shumang Leela Numit every year.
Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, Sugnu constituency MLA and MSSLC advisor K Ranjit Singh and General Secretary, CPI Manipur state, Dr M Nara graced the function.
Gaikhangam while addressing the function highlighted the significance of the performing art of Manipur shumang leela. Shumang leela literally means ‘courtyard play.’
He said this art form gives a clear picture of Manipur society while entertaining audiences.
Gaikhangam further acknowledged that shumang leela makes the beauty of the state by exposing it in other parts of the country as well.
The Deputy Chief Minister also said shumang leela artistes should be esteemed and recognized considering their dedication and contribution in the society.
Earlier, an academic session was also organized as part of the observation. A large number of students representing various schools took part in the session.
H Dilip Singh, Director, Education (S), P Dhanakumar Singh, Chairman, Board of Secondary Education, Manipur and Sanakhya Ibotombi Haorokcham, theatre scholar, were also present at the event.
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