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Bishnupriya Manipuri celebrates Republic Day

India is celebrating its 59th Republic Day, this special day is marked by several special events being organized by government as well as by the private institutions. This special day of our country holds a special place, since more than fun and frolic the day is witnessed by culmination of sport activities which takes place in the rural Bishupriya Manipuri villages.

By BN Sinha, New Delhi

It's a fact that there is cultural and sports club in most of the Bishnupriya Manipuri villages. These clubs generally organize all kind of sports activities in the respective villages; and the who is who of these clubs also holds some sort of power or authority in all the village issues. These clubs also play a significant role in the marriages taking place in the villages specially if the marriage is of a bride as it is a custom for groom party to pay some amount to the local club for developmental purpose , the term is known as " clubor chanda" though groom also has to pay on other fronts like "gathir dhan" etc.

Well , winter season is the ideal time for these clubs to organize its annual sports events as there are hardly any dedicated playgrounds in the villages , so winter is the time where there are empty paddy fields available in which these clubs can easily organize its events.

There are many indoor as well as outdoor games like Volleyball, Badminton, Cricket, Kabadi, High and Long jump, Long run, Bridge and Twenty Nine in cards, Carom board etc. There are some other interesting games specially for kids and girls like Musical Chair, Egg Run, Thread- Needle Run, Davo Upavaisya , Blind Hit and also Quiz competition etc. The club generally charge a very nominal amount from the participants as boys and girls from neighborhood villages also take part considering it an honour to won a prize from a club other than its own. Prizes for the games include trophies, medals, pen, pencil boxes etc. along with certificates.

All the activities run for at least a week which generally starts on 17th or 18th of January as the clubs targets Republic Day i.e., 26th January as its closing ceremony or prize distribution ceremony day. The prize distribution takes place after an interesting game called ' fancy dress" or " go as u like" where in the villagers participates and performs various characters with much enthusiasm and fun.

A special guest is invited for the prize distribution who sits in the center of the dais along with few olderly persons who keep a stronghold in the respective village. The function finally end with brief snacks and an elaborate lecture by the chief guest who points out all the village issues to the congregation present and also with a promise to be a guest of honor in the years to come…



  1. These sports events have a greater cause than just entertainment...Sports builds team spirit n brotherhood...It's good to know that some dedicated people know the advantages n organize these events...This also acts as social gathering...

    I remember such a special event in childhood...I went with my Mother to watch our Village Team play in the final...She met with an old time friend and we went to her place...Before this event, I wasn't
    much familiar with Mom's friends...I can remember the look on my Mom's face till today...she was so excited to meet her childhood friend...I wish these games bring such happiness to all...


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