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IMPHAL| Nov 1
The second day of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo community post-harvest festival ‘Chavang Kut’ was celebrated today with display of traditional dances, songs and games at Thomas ground, Kangpokpi district headquarter, Sadar hills.
The celebration is held during the off season every year while the people wait for the harvesting season.
While addressing the gathering, many of the speakers and invited guests focussed on peace and unity amongst the different communities residing in the state.
Speaking as chief guest of the festival, chief minister, N. Biren Singh appealed the gathering to forget the past and said that the people should forgive everything in order to live together.
While appreciating the Kut committee for uniting different tribes in the state, the CM said that Manipur is a small garden with different colours which is the beauty of the state.
Adding that the Kut celebration is more complete with mass participation, Biren further stated that there is change in the Kut festival as many more communities are included in the celebration. It also shows that the Kut family believes in uplifting down trodden people, he added.
Acknowledging the support of the people in organising the state level Kut celebration, the CM also said that it is the first time in his political career that Kut festival is celebrated outside Imphal which shows that the misunderstanding between different communities has decreased.
“Let people live with their own identity and that must be respected,” he further stated.
Informing that in the last one and half year under the Modi government several schemes for the welfare of the people have been initiated, Biren also said that BJP is not against any community but rendering service to humanity.
Saying that it is God’s plan for humans to die one day, he also appealed the people to stop killing each other. He further appealed to celebrate the state level Kut in other parts of the state and to utilise the true meaning of the festival.
In her speech as functional president, minister of Social Welfare, Nemcha Kipgen termed Kut as the meeting point of all communities and said that the young and new generation of people have now witnessed the changes in the Kut celebration as a fusion of the modern and traditional.
Saying that the Kut festival is attached with different meanings and purpose, she appealed the mass to look forward and keep striving for development of the society and the nation as a whole.
Nemcha further stated that progress and development is beneficial for all sections of society and the celebration of the Kut once in a year will bring a significant role in bringing brotherhood, unity, peace harmony and understanding among all the communities.
MP, Thangso Baite drew the attention of the chief minister to encourage tribal festivals while stating that the participation of the chief minister in the festival is a sign of national integrity. He also added that every festival should be celebrated for integrity and development.
Former MLA and the chairman of State level Kut Committee, V. Vungzalian informed that the celebration of Kut was started in Manipur in the year 1982 and further praised the state government for recognising Kut as a state festival.
Also, Chavang Kut celebration was organised today by Khosung Level Kut Committee, Phaitol at Phaitol Community Hall, Khosung Level, Tamenglong district.
The event was attended by social worker Timothy Singson as chief guest while president Thadou Students Association (TSA), Jiribam and Tamenglong branch, Seijalen Sithou and president, Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO), Jiribam and Tamenglong district, Haokhosiem Singson shared the dais as functional president and guest of honour respectively.
The Chavang Kut ceremony commenced with a mass prayer led by pastor Rohmingthanga which was followed by a special Chavang Kut song presented by Thingboi Singson.
Speaking on the occasion, Timothy expressed his happiness at the unity and love shared by the people of Phaitol village while adding that the compassionate nature of the people has moved his heart. He also contributed a sum of money for the welfare of the locals.
In his speech as president of the occasion, Haokhosiem elaborated on the sufferings and hardships faced by the people of Phaitol.
As part of the Kut festival celebrations, troupes representing various communities presented a series of cultural dances and songs. Manipur is a state with 29 different communities residing in the hills with each community having their own distinct traditional dance and songs, and the traditional dance and songs of the communities residing in the hills of Jiribam and Tamenglong districts were showcased at Phaitol Public Ground as part of the Chavang Kut celebrations.
It might be mentioned here that the cultural dances and songs of the various communities residing in the state reflected the identity of Manipur.
Meanwhile, national president of National Peoples’ Party, Conrad Sangma said the Kut festival reminds the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribes about its identity and characteristics in this fast moving world where technology has taken over everything.
He was speaking as chief guest during the Chandel district Kut celebration at Sugnu Lamhang village under the theme ‘Nurturing the Legacy of our Forefather’ organised by Chandel District Kut Committee.
Sangma who is also the chief minister of Meghalaya said “though all of us belong to the same species, festival like this defines our uniqueness and our characteristics of belongingness to a particular community with regard to its language, dress, music, dance and others.
He said that he is happy to witness that many youths are associated the celebration of the post-harvest festival of Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribes as it connects the younger generation to the past history.
Asserting that the entire northeast has a rich culture, heritage and also has the spirit of patriotism, love and unity among us, he said people should carry on such spirit and preserve the rich cultural diversity from generations to generations.
Stating that such festival must have an international audience, the president suggested the organising committee of the festival to invite the ambassadors of the neighbouring countries from next year to let the foreigner experience the culture of different tribes.
He urged the arts and culture minister, L. Jayantakumar to develop heritage villages of the different tribes so that the festival attracts tourists from all over the world and can be a good medium to express the uniqueness of the lifestyle and history of the different tribes of the state.
Delivering the chief host’s speech, YAS minister, Letpao Haokip expressed his hope that the festival will help in vigorously tightening the much needed peace and unity in the state.
The function was also attended by deputy chief minister, Y. Joykumar, arts and culture minister, L. Jayantakumar and many ADC members as guests of honour.
Many cultural performances and songs entertained the main guests and the audience. Another main highlight of the celebration was the Miss Kut Chandel 2018, which was held later in the evening.