Tuesday, November 20, 2012

SANGAI FESTIVAL 2012



 21 November 2012 9:00 am - 30 November 2012 9:00 pm at Hapta Kanjeibung, Imphal



The Manipur Sangai Festival is an annual calendar mega-event of the Government of Manipur spearheaded by the Tourism Department that seeks to showcase and promote the finest of Manipur’s arts & culture, adventure sports, indigenous cuisines, handloom & handicrafts, fine arts, indigenous games & music and various other niche products to a regional, national and global audience. This Tourism Festiva
l is held from 21st to 30th of November every year with the main event at Hapta Kangjeibung/Palace Ground, Imphal.

Although many editions of the Festival have been celebrated over the past few years, the Tourism Festival has been renamed as the Manipur Sangai Festival since the 2010 edition. This has been done to showcase the uniqueness of the Sangai or Brow-Antlered Deer found only in Manipur at the Keibul Lamjao Floating National Park in Loktak Lake and to further promote Manipur as a world class tourism destination.

During the Festival, the rich culture and mystique dances of Manipur are showcased at the fully air-conditioned Culture Auditorium. Indigenous Fashion Show, Rock Show and Traditional Musical Night are held at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT). Adventure Sports activities like trekking, caving and Para-sailing all over Manipur are promoted through various agencies most importantly Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association. More than 300 Stalls and a Food Court showcasing and marketing the indigenous arts & culture and various native cuisines are promoted at the Palace Ground. Indigenous Games like Mukna (Wrestling), Yubi Lakpi (Rugby), Arambai, Kang, etc. are promoted at the Khuman Lampak Sports Complex. The modern game of Polo (Sagol Kangjei), which owes its origin to this small State, is also vigorously promoted during the Festival. Moreover, over the years stalls and cultural troupes from other States of India and various other foreign countries especially from the ASEAN countries have been perpetually encouraged to participate in this grand Festival.

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