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Imphal, 12th April, 2017 (DIPR): Hon’ble Education Minister, who is also the Sympathiser of Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC), said the teachings of Shumang Leela should be inculcated within the society. He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the 16th Shumang Leela Day celebration at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, today organised by Manipur State Shumang Leela Council (MSSLC).

Minister said there is a need to understand the teachings of story portrayed in the Shumang Leela and its importance in the society as a didactic form. Being an important part of the Manipuri society since it has and always been the medium nourishing the society in varied ways before the evolution of today’s electronic media, the Education Minister said, Shumang Leela can’t be isolated from education as it tries to define every human relation and behaviour prevalent in the society. There is a need to discuss the relevance of Shumang Leela in the society so as to be able to take the society towards a brighter and positive environment by taking the morals from the plays.

Celebrated every year on 12th of April, the Shumang Leela Day is to commemorate the artiste who had not only preserved and protected the folk theatre, but also to cherish the theatre which has been changing with time. Shumang Leela, thematically religious in the old days, has today become more mature and relishing in the form of an infotainment, more defining as a feature of socio and secular theatre of today.

Giving the presidential speech, Shri Dr. M. Nara Singh said Shumang Leela is one of the strongest medium for unification of Manipur being the most popular art form of infotainment, successfully conveying the message of oneness and equality.

Another highlight of the function was presentation of the Iboyaima Award which was conferred to renowned Shumang Leela artiste Ningthoujam Rajen Singh popularly known as Keirao Rajen. The function also witnessed a reception of Padmashree Wareppa Naba.

This year’s Iboyaima Shumang Leela Fellowship (2017-18) was awarded to Herojit Nongmaithem of Naharolgi Thoudang daily, while Sanaleibak’s Surjit Maibam was feted on his completion of the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Fellowship (2016 - 17).

The function was also attended by family members of late Thokchom Iboyaima and members of MSSLC.