Governor gives unity call as state celebrates Kut festival
DIPR IMPHAL, 1st Nov: While congratulating the people of the state for maintaining unity amongst themselves despite the diversity, Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla on Wednesday called upon the people of Manipur to stay united and strive for the betterment of the society.
Taking part as chief guest of the noon session of Kut Festival 2017 celebration held at 1st Manipur Rifles Ground here, the Governor observed that culture is beyond religion. “Though we may belong to any religion and worship any God, whichever way our remembrance and creator is, we are all united in one thing that we are all Indian.”
She expressed her gratitude to the artistes for not just performing the cultural dances but also going back into history where their ancestors lived a harsh life in the forest. Dr Heptulla also stated that the people of the state should continue sharing their belongings as their ancestors did.
Expressing her happiness over the prayer made to the supreme creator during the Kut celebration, Dr Najma Heptulla urged the people to remember the creator while enjoying the bounty of nature. She appealed to people to embrace ones’ culture, tradition, art, crafts, dresses and foods and also help one another to bring growth and development in the state.
Kut Festival is the premier festival of Kuki-Chin-Mizo group of Manipur, celebrated every year on November 1 throughout the state. Also known as “Chavang Kut”, it is one of the main festivals of Manipur and is celebrated with great traditional fervour and zest. It is an autumn festival of thanksgiving and prayers are offered for a bountiful harvest season and prosperity of the people.
Speaking as the chief guest of the evening session, chief minister N Biren informed the gathering that the Central government has recognised Kut among the festivals having potential to develop the tourism sector.
Expressing elation that the festival is no more a celebration of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo group but has transformed into a festival for forging unity and brotherhood and transcended all boundaries, he prayed that the festival ushers in peace and development in the state.
Though the festival’s flavour waned to some extent during the 19th century subsequent to the advent of Christianity in the state, Kut festivities made a strong comeback in late 20th century as is evident from the celebration being held from the state to the sub-divisional level.
Traditional dances by different cultural troupes of Thadou, Hmar, Kom, Vaiphei and other communities were the main attractions of the noon session of the celebration. The celebration was attended by agriculture minister V Hangkhanlian as functional president. Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, MAHUD minister Th Shyamkumar, CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam, PHE minister Losii Dikho, Lok Sabha MP Thangso Baite, State Level Kut Committee chairman GS Haopu, chief secretary RR Rashmi, and DGP Manipur LM Khaute were among the guests who were present at the occasion.