Wednesday, December 1

Early celebration of traditional Manipuri festival in Kolkata

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Away from their homeland, Manipuris living in Kolkata celebrated ‘ningol chakouba’, a major social festival of the north-eastern state, on Sunday. Roughly translated, ‘Ningol chakouba’ means a feast for daughters (ningol means daughter, chakouba means feast).

On this day, the married daughters are invited to her parents’ home where they are pampered with feasts and gifts. The festival celebrates the bond between a married woman and her parents and others from the family.

The festival will be celebrated in Manipur on November 9. But many of those who live in Kolkata for work, business or studies will not be able to go home. Sunday’s celebration was hosted by Manipuris in Kolkata (MIK), an organization for the community living in the city.

Roshan Khumucham, general secretary, MIK said, “Most from the community will go to Manipur for the festival and will not be available here on November 9. Some of us will miss out on the celebrations at home. Hence, we celebrated it here early so that no one is left out.”

Women in traditional attire trooped into the Naktala venue on Sunday. Manipuri classical dance exponent Kalavati Devi was probably the seniormost attendee. The men, who planned this event for long, tended to the ‘guests’. A sumptuous meal with the best from Manipuri cuisine was laid out for everyone. The event ended with thabal chongba, a dance associated to Yaoshang (dol).

Manipur Bhawan officials also took part in the event, where cyclist Philem Rohan was felicitated. The lad from Moirang in Manipur is cycling across 12 states to save sangai, the state animal.

Source: Times of India

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