Indian Embassy In Madagascar; Hosts Event To Honour Rich History & Cultural Legacy Of Manipur 

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The Indian embassy in Madagascar on Friday, hosted an event to honour the rich history and cultural legacy of the northeastern state of Manipur at Madagascar’s capital – Antananarivo.

This gala event was attended by members of local government, diplomats, leaders of International Organizations, members of the Indian diaspora in Madagascar; and a sizeable population of Malagasy citizens.

According to an official statement issued by the Indian Embassy, this event kicked-off by exhibiting the various aspects of the northeastern state.

Speaking at the event, the Indian Ambassador to Madagascar – Abhay Kumar noted that Manipur has a glorious history, along with exquisite culture, diversified ethnic population, pristine natural beauty and historic structures.

He further elaborated how the state is home to a diverse indigenous group of people, each unique in their culture and dialect.

“It is a location of numerous cultural landmarks, including temples. One such historic site in Manipur is the Shree Shree Govindajee Temple. Radha & Krishna, the temple’s presiding deities; are carved out of a jackfruit tree. The performance of Rasleela by the Manipuri group today here in Madagascar has a significant symbolic value,” – stated the Ambassador.

The event saw enthralling performances of Manipur dances by a 12-member group sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

The group was a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA). The Academy is named after the first Prime Minister of India and was established in 1954. It is a constituent unit of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi with the objective to train students in Manipuri dance, music and allied arts.

The event also featured a special exhibition highlighting Manipur’s art, festivals, tourism destinations, culture, and cuisine. Ambassador Kumar himself gave a guided tour of the exhibition to children from various schools in Madagascar and the invited guests at the State Promotion event for Manipur in Madagascar.

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