CS appeals for peace and unity at Gaan-ngai fest
IMPHAL | Jan 10
The state chief secretary O Nabakishore has appealed for maintaining peace and harmony, unity and integrity in the state.
He was speaking as a chief guest at the 22nd state level Gaan-Ngai festival 2017 held today at Ragailong, Imphal East today.
It was organised by the State Level Gaan-Ngai Celebration Committee (SLGCC).
Nabakishore said, different communities in the state have been living together in peace and harmony by sharing and helping each other as brothers and sisters from the past, regardless of their community.
Like our forefathers we should be united and conserve the rich heritage and culture of the state by helping each other to bring a great development and integrity in the state, he added.
The celebration of the festival was attended by Chief Secretary O Nabakishore Singh as chief guest, Zeliangrong Union, president (AMN) Amu Kamei as president, Manipur State ST Commission chairman RH Gonmei as guest of honour, Dy Commander AR Transit Camp ST Verma as special invitee along with leaders of different civil organisations of the state.
As a part of the celebration cultural dance, folk song and ‘Hoi Hoing’ was performed by the people of Zeliangrong and also sports event like Shotput and Long jump was conducted.
Amu Kamei said that the festival is believed by the Zeliangrong people to be as old as human culture and particularly agricultural life.
He said that the age old festival helps to spread wider love through culture and tradition and its spirit of welfare and unity not only among the Zeliangrong tribes but also among all the communities of the state.
Gaan-Ngai has been the only tribal festival which is still celebrated in its original and traditional form of thousands of years, he added.
RH Gonmei said that the festival is celebrated as a remembrance of the works that has been started by our forefathers and believed by Zelaingrongs as a first kind of celebration in the entire human race.
He said, “Gaan-Ngai is about bringing darkness to light, likewise its celebration also brings unity, peace, harmony and development in the state.”