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Manipur Sangai Festival 2011 : Destination Manipur :: Program Details
(21st - 30th Nov 2011 ), Imphal

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Manipur Sangai Festival, 2011
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MANIPUR SANGAI FESTIVAL 2011
Destination Manipur
(21st - 30th Nov), Imphal

Manipur Little Paradise

Manipur, aptly called by Jawaharlal Nehru as "The Jewel of India", is located in the lush green corner of North East India. An oval shaped valley surrounded by blue green hills intertwined with cascading rapids, tripping rivers, carpets of flowers, exotic blooms and lazy lakes. Manipur is a Little paradise on earth with her rich cultural heritage and sublime natural beauty. Least touched and explored, Manipur promises to be the great tourist discovery of the 21 st century.

The people and the tribes of Manipur include Meiteis, Nagas, Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups, Gorkhas, Meitei-Pangals and other colourful communities who have lived in complete harmony for centuries. These are the people whose folklore, myths and legends, dances, indigenous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts are invested with the mystique of nature and an indefatigable joie de vivre.

Manipur Sangai Festival 2011:

Every year the Government of Manipur, spearheaded by the Tourism Department, celebrates the Manipur Sangai Festival from 21 to 30 of November. The Festival strives to showcase and promote the multi-color Art and Culture, Indigenous Sports, Eco and Adventure Sports as well as the scenic natural beauty of the State. Moreover, the Festival has assumed great significance in recent years.

The Manipur Sangai Festival 2011 as a State Level Festival essentially celebrates ethnic diversity of Manipur Society. Participation of Indian States, Foreign Ambassadors and Cultural Troupes from abroad in the Festival this year will make it more grander in scale and more stylish. Further many entertaining items like Fashion Shows, Rock Shows, Theme District Days, Local Delicacies, Multi-color Cultural Shows, etc will be organized to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the Festival.

THEME:

To project & Showcase Manipur Tourism Potential and to promote the destination Manipur.

Venue:

  1. Cultural, Exhibition: Hapta Kangjeibung (Palace Compound)
  2. Indigenous Sports: Mapal Kangjeibung
  3. Adventure Sports: Different locations of Manipur spanning over major Districts of Manipur.
    21st to 30th November, 2011.
Main Component of Manipur Sangai Festival:
  • Presentation of Vibrant Culture and Rhythmic Melodious Raas Leelas.
  • Demonstration of Indigenous games.
  • Expedition: Adventure Sports and Eco - Tourism.
  • Best of Handicrafts and Handloom (exhibition & sale).
  • Organization of Tours and Travel.
  • Food Courts
Art and Culture:

The Cultural presentation will be exclusive and traditional in nature incorporating the different dances/songs of most of the communities of Manipur. Some of the major highlights include:
  1. Lai Haraoba.
  2. Raas Dance
  3. Pung Chollom
  4. Indigenous Music.
  5. Vibrant Tribal Dances and Music Forms.
Indigenous Games:

Indigenous Sagol Kangjei (Manipuri Style of Polo) played using small agile but sturdy local variety of horse became the modern Polo of the world. Said to be the only living Pologroud from where the modern Polo started, is the venue for demonstration of indigenous games during Manipur Sangai Festival 2011.
  • Polo (Pona Kangjei)
  • Kang
  • Yubi Lakpi
  • Mukna Kangjei
  • Arambai
  • Adventure Sports and Eco- Tourism
Unique games wherein sill, strength and tolerance is tested

Adventure Sports and Eco- Tourism
  1. Power Parasailing
  2. General Obstacle Adventure at "Lamdan Adventure and Leadership Park"(Spidernet, parasailing, Artificial Rock Climbing, Natural Rock Climbing).
  3. Expedition to Shiroi Hill and Kangkhui Cave (Ukhrul District).
  4. Expedition to Tharon Cave, Barak Waterfall, Zeilad Lake (Tamenglong District).
  5. Handicrafts and handloom Expo :
  6. Expo on Manipur Handloom and Handicrafts.
Places and Pilgrimage :
  1. INA Museum at Moirang and Khongjom war Memorial Complex
  2. Cultural Complex at Andro.
  3. India Peace Memorial at Maibam Lokpaching on Tiddim road
  4. Loktak lake(Largest fresh Water lake in the North East)
  5. Keibul lamjao national Park
Indigenous Food Courts
The taste of Manipur


Hospitality Sector

The Department manages the Hotel Imphal which is being upgraded to a 5 star status. Moreover the state has a 3 star hotel, the Classic Hotel which is owned managed by local entrepreneur.

How to reach Imphal:

Imphal is well connected to Kolkata, New Delhi, Guwahati,Agartala, Aizawal,Dimapur and Silchar by Air India, Jet Airways, Indigo, Kingfisher etc. with about 1 4 flights daily and 65 flights a week.

Night lending facilities at Imphal Airport has been successful tested and late flights are anticipated in very near future.

NH-39/2 links Imphal with railhead at Dimapur in Nagaland 215 km. NH-53/37 links Imphal to Silchar about 275 km. Private owned and managed deluxe coaches ply daily between Imphal and Guwahati and Dimapur through N.H.-39/2 Via Nagaland and N.H.-53/37 via Silchar.

Entry Formality:

Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Divisions), Govt, of India Under the circular No. 25/2/25022/160/2010- FI dated 30th December, 2010 has excluded the entire area of the state of Manipur from the Protected area regime.

Full details can be avail from the website: www.manipurtourism.nic.in

Formal Inauguration:
Day l: 21st Nov, 2011
Venue: Hapta Kangjeibung
Opening Cultural Presentation Welcome to Sangai Festival.

Day 2: 22nd Nov, 2011 :4.30pm
Venue: Hapta Kangjeibung
Varieties of Cultural Shows by Selected and Excellent Artists of the State.

Day 3: 23rd Nov,2011 :4.30pm
Theme District Day - Multi- Cultural presentations from Senapati District, Manipur

Day 4: 24th Nov,2011 :4.30pm
District Day -Multi- Cultural presentation from Tamenglong District.

Day 5: 25th Nov,2011 :4.30pm
District Day - Multi- Cultural presentation from Churachandpur District.

Day 6: 26th Nov,2011 :4.30pm
Theme District Day - Multi- Cultural presentation from Chandel District.

Day 7: 27th Nov, 2011 :4.30pm
1. Theme District Day - Multi- Cultural presentation from Ukhrul District.

Day 8 & 9: 28th & 29th Nov,2011 : 4.30pm
1. Varieties of Cultural Shows by Selected and Excellent Artists of the State and Rockshow

Indigenous Games :
Venue : Mapal Kangjeibung (2:00pm)

23rd Nov, 2011
Venue : Mapal Kangjeibung (2:00pm)

Demonstration of Arambai & polo to be Inaougurated by Shri K.K. Chhetry, IAS, Commissioner Tourism.

24th Nov, 2011
Venue : Mapal kangjeibung (2:00pm) Khong kangjei to be Inaugurated by Director, YAS

25th Nov. 2011
Venue: Mapal kangjeibung (2:00pm)
Mukna

26th Nov, 2011
Venue : Mapal kangjeibung (2:00pm)
Yubi Lakpi

27th Nov, 2011
Venue : Mapal Kangjeibung (2:00pm)
1. Arambai and Polo - at Mapal kangjeibung
2. Kang - at Kangshang, Khuman Lampak Sport Complex

Adventure & Ecotourism Packages;

1. 21st to 26s'Nov. 2011:
Expedition to Mt. Issi & Dzuko Valley (Senapati District)
2. 22nd Nov. 2011
General Obstacle Adventure at "Lamdan Adventure and Leadership Park"(Spidernet, parasailing,
Artificial Rock Climbing, Natural Rock Climbing) and Loktak Lake.
3. 23rd to 27th Nov.2011
Power Paragliding ( Koirengei Old Airfield)
4. 24th Nov. 2011
Trekking and Site seeing at Shilheipung Ecopark (Pidonnu Hill) Andro.
5. 25th to 26"'Nov. 2011
Expedition to Shiroi Hill and Kangkhui Cave (Ukhrul District).
6. 26th -30th Nov. 2011
Cycle Expedition (Entire Districts of Manipur) in collaboration with Manipur Cycle Club
7. 26th -30th Nov. 2011
Expedition to Tharon Cave, Barak Waterfall, Zeilad Lake (Tamenglong District).
8. 26th to 28th Nov. 2011
X-Game International Invitational Men & Women Open Speed Climbing Competition at ( Hapta Kangjeibung Main Venue
9. 21st -30th Nov.2011
Spidernet, Artificial Rock Climbing, Rope Bridge, Bouldering, Boating in artificial pool by real raft at ( Mini Adventure Tourism Complex of Hapta Kangjeibung Main Venue)

Adventure and Eco Tourism activities are organized, managed, by the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) during the Manipur Sangai Festival 2011.

Formal Closing:

Day 10.30pm Nov.,2011 :3.30pm
Venue: Hapta Kangjeibung

Closing Cultural Presentation:

Varieties of Cultural presentation by Excellent Artists of the State and Closing Musical Evening

Contact Details:

Shri K.K. Chhetry I.A.S.
Comm. Tourism
Govt, of Manipur
Tel.No.:(0385) 2450964

L. Ibochoubi Singh
Tourist Officer,
Dept. of Tourism, Govt, of Manipur
Tel. No.: +91 9774438607
email: manipurtourismdept@gmail.com
website: www.manipurtourism.nic.in


* This is taken from a Brochure about this festival
This article was posted on November 08, 2011.



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