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Imphal hosts North East Festival of Plays

Kashmiri people gather in a theater to watch the premiere of "Akh Daleel Loolech" (A Love Story) in Srinagar on June 17, 2006. Hundreds of Muslims watched in rapt attention on Saturday night at an old, closely guarded cinema hall in Srinagar, the centre of a violent, 16-year Islamist revolt against Indian rule in Kashmir.  REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli   (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)
Kashmiri people gather in a theater to watch the premiere of "Akh Daleel Loolech" (A Love Story) in Srinagar on June 17, 2006. Hundreds of Muslims watched in rapt attention on Saturday night at an old, closely guarded cinema hall in Srinagar, the centre of a violent, 16-year Islamist revolt against Indian rule in Kashmir. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR)

Imphal : A five-day long North East Festival of Plays being organized jointly by Banian Repertory Theatre and Art and Culture Department under the Ministry of Culture is presently on at Maharaj Chandrakriti Auditorium, Palace Compound.

Art and Culture Commissioner K. Radhakumar Singh, who was the chief guest, speaking at the inaugural function said intrinsic Manipuri theatre has earned wide recognition at the international level.

He, however said, there is apprehension on downfall of theatre in the state which the people should be aware of.

The Commissioner called upon the people to develop and promote the rich art and culture of the state.

“The last two months have been filled with theatre festivals to showcase the state art and culture which is needed,” Singh added.

Acclaimed plays ‘Punshi Kang-Khong’, ‘Shri Tomba amasung Kei’, ‘Imaan Imaan Paani’, ‘The Hunter’ and ‘Amamba Leikaki Mathong Huktraba Ningthou’ is being performed during the festival.

Panthoibi Natya Mandir’s ‘Punshi Kang-Khong’ (Wheeling of life) scripted and directed by Y. Rajendra was showcased on the first day of the festival.

And Deal Repertory Theatre’s ‘Amamba Leikaki Mathong Huktraba Ningthou’ directed by P. Khogendra Singh will be showcased on the last day. (ANI)

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