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Folk dance adorns Beating of the Retreat
Source: The Sangai Express / DIPR

Imphal, January 27 2023: With Beating of the Retreat and a spectacular folk dance competition, the 74th Republic Day celebration came to a close today.

The closing ceremony was held at the Parade Ground of 1st Battalion, Manipur Rifles where Governor La Ganesan distributed prizes to different winners of the March Past competition held yesterday.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Ministers, MLAs and top civil and police officers attended the ceremony.

Among uniform contingents, combined CDO contingent (Thoubal/Kakching/Bishnupur) stood first, BSF contingent stood second while 6th Battalion, MR (Guard of Honour) stood third.

Among school contingents (uniform), NCC Senior Air Wing won first position, 65th NCC Senior Girls won second position and Sainik School B secured third position.

Among college contingents, Manipur College was ranked first, GP Women College second and DM College of Science (Girls) was placed in the third position.

In the band party category, Young Eagle Brass Band, Sagolband A; 9th IRB Mahila Band with VDF band, Imphal West and Home Guard (female band) secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.

For gate construction, Department of Tourism topped the list while Forest Department and Social Welfare Department secured 2nd and 3rd positions.

For Tableaus, Horticulture and Soil Conservation was ranked first while RUSA was ranked second and SAMAGRA SIKSHA, Manipur was placed in the third position.

Among the cultural dance groups, Rongmei Cultural Troupe, Noney district secured first position while Meitei Inat Kanba Lup, Khurai Konsam Leikai secured second position and Rabunamei Dance Troupe, Senapati district secured third position.

Special prizes were also distributed to Commandant 1st MR; H.Balkrishna Singh, Director IPR; Chief Engineers of PWD, PHED and WRD, Managing Director (MSPCL), IMC Municipal Commissioner, parade commander Victoria Yengkhom, Commandant 2nd MR, guard of honour commander T Biswajit Singh, Addl SP, CMTW and differently abled contingent of Social Welfare Department.

Certificates of Appreciation were also given to CM Indigenous Martial Arts Academy, Thang-Ta Loishang Sana Konung and L.Brojen, 1st MR band commander.

The Governor also distributed cash prizes to the winners of the folk dance competition held today at the parade ground.

La Ganesan handed over a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh to the winner of the competition Meitei Inat Kanba Lup, Khurai Konsam Leikai for their spectacular Thougal Jagoi.

A cash prize of Rs 75,000 was handed over to Rabunamei Dance Troupe, Senapati District (Mao-Naga dance) for securing 2nd position and Rs 50,000 to Parbung Hmar Youth Association Cultural Troupe (Hmar bamboo dance) for winning 3rd position in the competition.

The Governor also presented red blankets to 14 village Chiefs/Khullakpas from seven hill districts namely; Chandel, Kamjong, Kangpokpi, Noney, Senapati, Tamenglong and Tengnoupal who came to witness the Republic Day celebration at Imphal.


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