IGAR (S) hosts Chakkouba feast, hails Manipuri women

IMPHAL, 19th Nov: Keeping with the Manipuri traditions and true to its credo of “Friends of Manipur”, IGAR (South) celebrated its annual 9th Ningol Chakkouba festival, wherein more than 270 women folk from various walks of life and communities of the state were invited on Monday.
The festival which was held at Mantripukhri garrison had IGAR (South) Maj Gen KP Singh extending the traditional welcome to the ningols (female members of family) and the womenfolk also presenting ‘athenpot’ (traditional gifts) to the rank and file of the IGAR (S).
The event commenced with lighting of lamp by Padmashree Ksh Thouranishabi Devi, K Pishak Devi, Kumari Asha Wangnam, Prof Rose Mangshi Haokip, Farida Begum and Rachna Singh. A cultural programme was also showcased on the occasion while welcome song was sung by Ramesh Tongbram, musical tribute ‘Ningol Oibi Sing’ rendered by Jasmin Leivon Kom, musical unity dance by Mekola Nachom and songs by Sunita Nepram.
Prominent ningols addressed the audience conveying their gratitude and appreciation on behalf of their communities to the Assam Rifles for partaking in their customs and traditions and organising the function. In all, 25 women achievers from different fields were also felicitated by Maj Gen KP Singh.
Maj Gen KP Singh in his message appreciated the invaluable contribution of the Manipuri women in all walks of life and appealed to the Manipuri women to continue their inimitable role of maintaining peace, development and harmony in the society. The general officer emphasised that the state is undergoing a positive transformation and in this the women can make immense difference.
The event was conducted in true Manipuri tradition with everyone taking the meal on plantain leaves and the Assam Rifles officers and men attired in ‘pheijoms’ serving the ningols. The event culminated with IGAR (S) presenting ‘dakhina (gifts)’ to the invited ningols.

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