Imphal: A social service camp was carried out by the Manipur Martial Art Academy (MMA) under the initiative of Thang-Ta Day Observation Committee at Puribi Puriba Laibung, Moirang Kampu on Sunday.
The social service was conducted with the objective of “Thang-Ta for Healthy Nation” as part of the monthly Thang Ta Day observation which is being celebrated all across the state from October 16 to November 15, 2020. The programme was held on the 17th day and before that similar programmes have been conducted at different places so far.
In a press release of Thang-Ta Day Observation Committee signed by its media convenor Laishram Saityamjit Meetei, it was stated that during the observation at Moirang Kampu, the students of the MMA, teachers and others paid floral tribute to the portraits of different Thang-Ta masters and teachers who had passed away.
While delivering the keynote address, president of KIMACS Ajitkumar Mangang said that the Thang-Ta Day was being observed because it is a very important native form of martial art and until the recent past has no special day for remembrance. He said that the state government had included Thang-Ta in the syllabus of BOSEM and COHSEM as an optional subject but recruitment of teachers to take up classes till date have not been realised. To highlight the issue, the students and volunteers of Thang-Ta organisations have taken up different agitations in the past over the failure of the state government and asking it to make necessary recruitment of required teachers. During the process, various unwanted incidents have even occurred like putting them in prison, he said.
Fortunately, the titular King Leishemba Sanajaoba took the decision in October 2019 to declare November 15 as Thang-Ta Day. Thereafter, KIMACS started observing the day on November 15, 2019 as Thang-Ta day. The committee has appealed to all the people to join in the observation.
Chairman of Thang-Ta Day Observation Committee Irom Ibomcha Mangang, Advisor of KIMACS Takhellambam Pariyat, Advisor of Moirangkampu Union Club Waikhom Ananda, Senior Resident Athokpam Binidhor and Pradhan Moirangkampu GP Lourembam Rameshwor expressed their opinions on the feasibility of employing Thang-Ta skills for shaping a healthy nation.
President of KIMACS Ningthoujam Ajitkumar, Irom Ibomcha Mangang and Lourembam Rameshwor attended as the main dignitaries on the day.