It’s Destination Manipur at the 2017 Sangai Festival

Manipuris keep alive their ancient artistic traditions and culture even today.
Image courtesy: Manipur Tourism Board/ Manipur Photography Club

The Manipur Sangai Festival 2017 – held between 21–30 November – is a celebration of the culture, handicrafts, indigenous games, adventure sports, nature and traditions of the state. Many countries will bring their cultural contributions to make this a vibrant festival that is not to be missed. Here are the highlights of the festival.

International inputs: The homegrown Manipur Sangai Festival now truly encompasses an international flavour. The 2017 edition expects international participation from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Singapore, Maldives, Malaysia, Mauritius and Zimbabwe.

 

Manipur is the homeland of polo.
Manipur is the homeland of polo.
Image courtesy: Manipur Tourism Board/ Manipur Photography Club

Culturama:

The Manipur Sangai Festival, led by the Manipur Tourism Department, will exhibit the best of the state’s culture, crafts, textile heritage including handloom and handwoven fabrics, indigenous sports and music and dance celebrating the state’s ethnic diversity.

Manipur, the “Jewel of India”.
Manipur, the “Jewel of India”.
Image courtesy: Manipur Tourism Board/ Manipur Photography Club

Theme:

This year the Sangai Festival will highlight “Destination Manipur.” The festival will be the right occasion and place to commence your travel explorations in Manipur, the “Jewel of India”.

Raas Leela, a ritual form of worship in Manipuri dance.
Raas Leela, a ritual form of worship in Manipuri dance.
Image courtesy: Manipur Tourism Board/ Manipur Photography Club

Performances:

Dance is a major component of Manipur’s myriad performing arts. In addition to the well-known Raas Leela dance form, folk dance performances like the Kabui Naga dance, the intricate bamboo dance and Maibi dance will highlight the individualistic performing traditions of the different tribes.

Thang ta is a traditional martial art form of Manipur.
Thang ta is a traditional martial art form of Manipur.
Image courtesy: Lonely Planet/ Deepak Shijagurumayum

Outdoors & Adventure:

The 2017 festival also will highlight the state’s famous martial arts. The indigenous sports showcase will include Thang Ta (a spear and sword match), YubiLakpi (a local sport similar in form to rugby and played with a greased coconut), mukna kangjei (a game that combines hockey and wrestling) and Manipur’s most famous sagol kangjei or polo. It is believed that the sport evolved in the state and Manipur’s polo is played on the distinct ponies. Imphal West will double as the venue for indigenous games and sports at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. Water sports including local boat races, water skiing, wind surfing and motor boating will be held at the Takmu Water Sports Complex. Trekking, white water rafting and parasailing will also be part of the adventure and outdoor activities organised during the festival.

Boat race is an integral part of Manipuri culture.
Boat race is an integral part of Manipuri culture.
Image courtesy: Manipur Tourism Board/ Manipur Photography Club

Manipur Sangai Festival Programme highlights

Loktak View Cultural Nights
International Imphal Art Camp
Sangai Run Half Marathon & Festival
Cultural Evenings at BOAT
Sangai Open Mic
Sangai Photography Contest
Indigenous Games and Sports
Adventure and Water Sports
Kangla Light and Sound Show
Hiyaang Tannaba – traditional boat race
Hot Air Ballooning
Flower Show
Manipur International Polo Tournament
Shumang Leela Festival – promoting Manipur’s traditional theatre form
Film Festival

Disclaimer: Programmes are subject to change. For more information please visit the official website of Manipur Tourism.

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