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IMPHAL, 26thMay, 2018(DIPR): 24th State Level Khurpui – Lam Festival was held today at Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal. The festival signifies the historical belief of Kom tribe. Cultural troupes from different Kom villages across the state participated in the festival. Cultural dances, songs and other performances were shown in the festival.

Deputy Chief Minister while gracing the second session of the festival as the Chief Guest said, although, we have different religious background, there have been commonness in cultures. He said, a lot of similarities have been seen in many of the cultural performances among different people with different background in the state. If commonness among cultures can be observed, there can be a cultural integration which is the binding force to bring unity and peaceful co-existence among us. Maintaining that various tribes and sub-tribes in North East have some common issues and grievances, Deputy Chief Minister said, habit of looking the differences among us should be avoided for marching ahead to bring unity and development in the region. He said, if so, people from other parts of the country and world will respect us, he added.

Works Minister Shri Th. Biswajit Singh said, we may be different in religion, customs, culture & traditions, but we all belong to human community. He said, we have a lot of resemblances in cuisines, dances and songs, etc. It shows that we the people in the state have some common interest and belief. It will help in promoting mutual understanding and unity in diversity among us. Shri Biswajit Singh further said, Khurpui – Lam is a platform through which rich cultural ingredients of Kom community can be shown. It will also help to maintain the uniqueness of Kom Community as well. He also exuded confidence that the State Government will try to support and recognized the festival in the state level.

Water Resources Minister Shri Letpao Haokip also spoke on the occasion. He said, the festival signifies the historical background of Kom tribe. It is a meaningful festival through which other communities can understand the background and cultural ethos of Kom tribe. Shri Letpao Haokip expressed confidence that the festival will definitely help to nourish the cultural fabric and also to bring unity and peace in the state. Shri Ginsuanhau Zou, MLA also spoke on the occasion.(DIPR)