IMPHAL, June 24 (Newmai): “Literature reflects the level of civilization the human society attains and constitutes an eloquent index to gauge the march of human progress intellectually and materially”.
Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla said this on the occasion of the 83rd Award presentation ceremony of the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad held on Sunday at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, Place Compound in Imphal.
The Governor said that she was happy to be with the “distinguished personalities” in the fields of art, culture and literature. She also heartily congratulated all the Award winners.
Asserting that Manipur Sahitya Parishad is an organization of iconic stature, devoted to the development of Manipuri language, literature and culture, the Governor stated that it has come a long way from its humble beginning in the year 1935 when the idea of establishing the organization was born.
“Since then said that it has led a “chequered” life working tirelessly to promote and propagate Manipuri language and literature”, she added.
Dr Najma Heptulla reminded the key role played by the Parsihad in the movement for inclusion of Manipuri language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution of India and said that since then the language find a place in the list of Indian languages recognized by the Sahitya Akademi.
Stating that language is the vehicle through which the thought finds expression, the Governor said that a rich language is an essential component for a quality literature.
“Throughout the world great writers have shown how literature can become an integral part of the history, culture and life of a nation, giving it an unending vitality. Manipur writers are no exception to this with the growth of modern education after the British’s conquest of Manipur in 1891,” she added.
Manipur art and culture minister, L Jayantakumar who graced the function as guest of honour informed that the State government is planning to set up a “gathering place” for the writers. The place will be set up in a place not so far away from Imphal which should be a favourable environment for the writers.
Informing that the Manipur Culture Policy is to be reviewed after every 10 years as per the policy, he said that government has taken up steps to review it and invited the Sahitya Parishad to share its views and comments so that government can consider while reviewing the policy.
The minister further informed that drafting of Manipur Cine Policy is almost completed and ready for placing before the cabinet for approval.
Later, L. Jayantakumar presented 32 different awards conferred by the Manipur Sahitya Parishad in the field of literature on the occasion.
He further handed over a cheque of Rs five lakh to the Parishad. The amount was handed over to the Parishad as announced by government earlier.
The function was attended by Prof. Kangjam Ibohal Singh, President, Manipur Sahitya parishad, award winners, invitees among others.