Monday, 19 January 2009

Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Delhi on 18 January 2009


Photo taken from Government site.

A tragic example of “concealment of information” was seen when in a cultural programme organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the strong Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in Delhi were kept in dark about the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community of Assam on 18 January 2009.

“Purvottari: Spirit of the North-East” programme was organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a premier New – Delhi based resource Centre engaged in research, documentation, publication and dissemination of knowledge of the arts, from January 10, 2009 to January 18, 2009 to highlight the rich tradition, culture of the northeastern states of India. 

All the eight northeastern states participated in the week long programme. It is to be mentioned, going by the media report, people in Manipur objected to the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in this programme. 

“The State Co-ordinator of Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Dr K Sobita has asked Dr KK Chakravarty, Member Secretary of IGNCA, New Delhi to make a clarification regarding the controversial representation of Manipuri culture in the ongoing Purvottri Spirit of North East India at New Delhi”, reads an article appeared in a blog. 

However, a nil participation in this grand performance by the Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi, highlights something is going wrong in the atmosphere in the capital city among our clan. 

It is indeed very sorry for the participants that they had failed to get warm response from all the Bishnupriya Manipuri staying in Delhi from all parts of India. And at the same time it is indeed shameful on the part of people who attended the day long programme that they didn’t share the happiness with all who had been oblivious of the grand cultural programme. 

Note: Please send me the names of the person in the photos, so that it can be accomodated here. Send with slide number with names of the persons at rajkumarrishi1@gmail.com.



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