IMPHAL: A new website of Bangladesh based Chauba Memorial Manipuri Intellectual Property Museum (CMMIPM) was launched on Thursday.
The museum was founded by H. Tonubabu of Moulvibazar, Bangladesh in 2006 as its director. The website was launched via video conferencing with a variety of cultural programmes performed by Manipuri artistes in Bangaladesh.
Ngangom Uttam Singh, Director, Department of Art & Culture, Government Of Manipur, Rakesh Naorem, Social & Cultural Activist, Manipur, Hamom Promud, Eminent Manipuri Poet, Canada, Sanaton Hamom, Eminent Poet, Writer & Cultural Activist, Bangladesh, Mohammad Huda, IPR Specialist, Bangladesh, Dr. Sihab Shahriar, Eminent Poet of Bangladesh and Swapan Nath, Deputy Director, NAEM took part in the website launching ceremony.
Manipuri Cultural Complex Bangladesh Convenor L. Jyanta Singh, renowned writer of Bangladesh AK Seram also attended.
The function began with “Maibi Jagoi” performed by Hamom Bithi, followed by “Khongjom Prava” by Hamom Ojit, “Krishna Jagoi” by Ningthoujam Mithila Chanu, “Pung Cholom” by Jaganath Lairenjam in New York, “Khamba Thoibi Jagoi” by Hamom Chanu Memcha and Lukram Ongbi Probita Rani Sinha, Phousu Jagoi by Thaja Hamom staying in USA and ” Leima Jagoi” by Chongtham Pujamani.
Delivering the presidential speech, Hamom Tonubabu said that the foundation stone of the museum was laid by eminent poet Dilwar on October 1, 2006, and formally handed over to the people on May 12, 2007. Several research scholars from Manipur (India), Australia, Japan, Canada, German, USA, England, Sweden, Switzerland and Bangladesh have inspected the museum. The materials and documents related to Manipur presently available at the museum are not enough, he said and appealed to the people of Manipur to donate more.
He said that minority Meeteis in Bangaladesh can set up such a museum because of the support from the well-wishers.
Art & Culture Director Ngangom Uttam said that his department has been extending support to those cultural activists who strive to promote Manipuri culture and assured that he will help the Manipuris settle in Bangladesh.
Social & Cultural ativist Rakesh Naorem appealed to the Chief Minister of Manipur to execute the commitment he made to the Bangaladesh Manipuri cultural delegation during Sangai Festival 2018. The Chief Minister had assured that the State Government will send teachers to Bangladesh Manipuri Cultural Complex to impart knowledge of pung (Manipuri traditional drum), traditional eshei (song) and dance.