TODAY -
Lairam keeping alive its heritage
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, January 14: The 3 Days Cultural Meet cum Seminar under the motto, "The return of cultural heritage of Lairam Khullen mitun" was successfully marked by the presence of SDC Kasom Khullen Block, Angdon Maring, officials of AMSU and NIPCO, and the villagers representing different walks of life making the total turn out to over one thousand folks at Lairam Khullen village in Ukhrul district on 11 to 13 of January.

The event that took place at a stretch of three days long witnessed a minute deliberation on the topics — Yaruirin (social life), wortamrin (education) and lansinrin (economy).

A cultural programme being performed at the occasion


In the cultural session, various folk songs and dances commemorating festivals ranging from seed sowing to harvesting during the forefathers' age were performed.

What makes the event so colourful and glittering is that every enthusiast man and woman folk would drag out and perform with traditional ornaments like Shungkha (headgear), khongshiang (necklace), kushi (bangles), hokiang and kiangjing usually made of bronze and cane to tie on both legs of men folk, shrute (cloth wrapped around the waist of women folk).

The other itireinary that added glitz to the event was that of the inspiring songs presented in every worship service by the Gospel team called 'Wungnaokhon', which is all set to release a Gospel Album.

Besides the topics slated for the seminar, exhortation speech was delivered in every gathering where one outstanding person of the village would speak on the subjects like leader and its responsibility, youth for social transformation, value of edu cation in the present society and reconciliation.

Women were learnt to be not far behind their male counterparts when a lady teacher named Serino took the stage and unfurled the qualities a woman is bestowed with in various fields.

Serino urged the crowd saying a society must welcome the important role of woman and they must be allowed to articulate their will in the decision making body.

Being annoyed with the poor status of woman's role in the church Serino strongly questioned why the church is not giving an amicable space to women folk and she claimed the position of deaconess to be unconditionally incorporated in the church instead of the lone existing deacon post to ensure its effective functioning.

Serina said she couldn't help seeing all these women who have gathered with a child on the back and another in their hand.

At a special reception, All Manipur Students' Union and National Identity Protection Committee were pleased to present traditional shawls like Leirumphi and Iyungphi to few elders of the village.

AMSU president, Laishram Khamba, NIPCO president, Y Nabachandra and vice president, Khuplal Kom also shared the warmth of the event and unequivocally emphasised upon the need to ensure a peaceful coexistence in Manipur where multiethnic, multi-linguist and multi-religion exist.

Interestingly, in a bid to ensure the event a-total recall of their forefathers' culture, the entire programme was conducted in their own dialect (Lairam Khullen).

Lairam Khullen village is said to be as old as 700 years and it is presently inhabited by around 80 households most of whom are dependent on jhum cultivation.

The people have shifted to 30 villages mainly due to communication and transport system which are in pathetic condition.

Of these villages, they have occupied and compactly inhabited five villages namely— Mumlou Ringpam, Maryland, Soland, Shangpuiram and Shangreiphung.

Though remote its rich cultural heritage never fails to entice visitors.


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