IMPHAL: The Kanglei Shaktam Langba Kanglup (KSLK) celebrated its 48th foundation day cum closing function of a 20-day long workshop cum production of “Thang Chungoi Haoba” organized under the sponsorship of Sangeet Natak Akademi, Government of India, New Delhi Department of Arts and Culture, Government of Manipur at Naharol Yaipha Lamjingkol Shanglen, Haobam Marak Irom Leikai on Saturday.
Speaking as the chief guest at the function, intending candidate from Naoriya Pakhanglakpa A/c cum Managing Director of Chumthang Shannapung Soraisam ongbi Kebi Devi said that Huyen usually known as Lan (war) and “Lanlong” means an equipment, which is of utmost necessity especially in the preparation for a war, that is significant for a place like Manipur. It was said that the indigenous martials arts (Thang-Ta) which is on the decline curve and on the risk of extinction has been promoted and preserved by the Chief Minister through organizing the 1st CM Thang-Ta/Cheibi meet, 2020, which can be counted as a significant event, she said.
She expressed her joyousness and said that she is very privileged and happy for the invitation during the felicitation progamme of all the players of Thang-Ta of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa A/c, that had bagged the title of overall team champion during the 1st CM Thang-Ta meet, 2020 and brought laurels for the constituency. She noted the popular belief that the art of Thang-Ta, Cheibi Haiba or Sari-Sarik-Sarak are genetically embedded in our bodies since the time of our ancestors.
Claiming the championship by our young boys as well as the overall title, at the special event for reinvigorating the indigenous martial arts event under the initiative of the CM, by the indigenous martials arts (Thang-Ta) players of our constituency, should be regarded as a moment of pride for the Naoriya Pakhanglakpa constituency, she added.
We should take our own individual responsibility in order to preserve the indigenous martial arts of Thang-Ta, if not we would lost trace of its existence, Kebi said and expressed her feeling to add Thang-Ta as another discipline at her sports complex of Chumthang Shannapung with the aim of its preservation.
The dignitaries of the function felicitated all the boy’s team champion and overall team champion of 1st Chief Minister Indigenous Martial Arts (Thang-Ta/Cheibi) meet, 2020. The dignitaries offered floral tribute to all the portraits of the deceased artists and felicitated all the former artistes.
Critic, Playwright and Director Budha Chingtham, Member NEZOC, Dimapur, Government of India Makhonmani Mongsaba attended as president and guest of honour respectively.