Sportstars promote Sangai Festival at Delhi curtain raiser

NEW DELHI, 5th Nov: Manipur Tourism organised the curtain-raiser event of the upcoming Manipur Sangai Festival at Select City Walk Mall, Saket, New Delhi on Monday.
The event showcased the varied attractions of the festival, which will be held from November 21 to 30. Rajya Sabha MP and Padm a Bhushan awardee Mary Kom; former boxing world champion and Arjuna awardee Sarita Laishram along with former India football captain P Kenedy promoted the event in the city. Officials from Manipur Tourism along with its stakeholders shared updates on the preparations for the largest tourism festival of the state during the event.
Tourism Corporation Manipur Limited chairman Dr Sapam Ranjan stated that the festival will be inaugurated in Imphal on November 21. Two other districts – Bishnupur and Senapati will also host the festival and have a line-up of events ranging from half-marathons, water-sports and trekking to other adventure activities.
“Taking the festival as an opportunity, we are here to connect with our potential stakeholders in the capital city. We wish to invite them to come to our state and enjoy our cultural extravaganza. Manipur holds a great many surprises for every visitor. The profound natural beauty of our state and the unique attractions that we have like the floating national park of Keibul Lamjao and Sangai are found nowhere else in the world,” said the chairman.
A variety of dance forms of over 34 recognised tribes of Manipur will be the special attraction of this mega tourism event. The main venue of the festival at Hapta Kangjeibung in Imphal entertains visitors with mesmerising performances of renowned artistes from all over the world every evening. The famous Raas Leela dance of Manipur is a must watch amongst the variety of performances by folk dance artistes, he added. “Manipur receives the maximum number of visitors during this time of the year when we celebrate our biggest tourism festival. The curtain raiser for this festival is organised in New Delhi to create awareness amongst potential visitors about the state’s offerings as a tourist destination. Manipur is largely unexplored and offers huge opportunities for adventure, culture and rural tourism aficionados,” said tourism director W Ibohal.
“Our state presents huge opportunities for adventure tourism and we are exploring opportunities to associate with domestic and international adventure tourism associations. It is the right time for us to inform travellers in the region that our state is ready to welcome you all to Manipur Sangai Festival - the grandest tourism festival of the state,” he said.
The state is considered as one of the safest states for women and has a women only market where many business women run their small trade stalls till late at night. The domestic tourist inflow was 1,16,652 in 2010-11, in 2017-18 this figure increased to 1,64,483. Similarly, the foreign tourist inflow increased manifold from 431 in 2010-11 to 3,787 in 2017-18, he added.

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