Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi ends

Indrajit Tingwa

BORDUMSA, Feb 15: The mega ethno cultural festival of the Singpho tribe concluded on February 15 at the Singpho Heritage Centre, Bordumsa after performing the Poi-Sat Manau (Valedictory Dance).
The annual festival of the Singphos has witnessed a marked development over the years and has been able to meet the motive of uniting and integrating the community. Over the years, it has witnessed people from other communities also joining the ora-ora dance during the festival donning Singpho attires.
The festival, organised under the aegis of Singpho Development Society, apex organisation of the Singpho tribe is basically a commemoration of the tribe’s progenitor Shapawng Yawng. The manau (mass dance) is performed around a set of Shadungs (ceremonial pillars), which is also the sacred logo of the festival.
The Shadungs are pillars positioned vertically as well as horizontally painted in multi-colour in geometric and curved motifs. The Shadungs with curved motifs are considered male and those with geometric ones considered female.
The four-day 332rd edition of the festival commenced on February 12 with the unfurling of festival flag by Duwa Bisa Latnong, Singpho Chief, followed by gunshots to pay homage and mark the commencement of the festival. Delegates from various places arrived on the day and htunghkring manau (traditional dance) and kumrum manau (get together dance) were performed on the first. The second day also saw arrival of more guests and delegates.
The third day was attended by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein and state BJP president Tapir Gao, Parliamentary Secretaries Chow Tewa Mein, Chow Zingnu Namchoom and Techi Kaso, and local MLA Nikh Kamin.
The Chief Minister opened the exhibition stall which displayed antiques and other items of traditional usage. He also launched the Singpho Multi Lingual Dictionary Mobile Application, besides releasing a souvenir.
A citation in appreciation for developing the Singpho Multi Lingual Dictionary was also handed over to Ven. Pannasara Mahathera, a Singpho Buddhist monk and a also a multi-linguist.
MLA Changlang (North) Tesam Pongte handed out the citations to the previous presidents and general secretaries for their services to the community by the Singpho Development Society. The meritorious students who topped in class x and class XII were also felicitated with certificates and laptops.
The 34th edition of the festival will be held at Namsai headquarter.
Former minister C C Singpho, who was instrumental in developing the Singpho Heritage Centre, recalled the contribution of former Chief Minister late Dorjee Khandu in developing the heritage centre.
Secretary General Singpho Development Society Ongyun Maio was hopeful that the support and cooperation will continue in the future too.
He however was unhappy with the fact that this year, the Kachin delegates were barred from taking part by the Myanmarese government. He expressed hope that the Arunachal Government will initiate steps with Myanmar so that the permission is restored from next year.

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