Imphal, Dec 3: R.K. Shyamsunder, a retired govt. employee, now around 80 years old, narrated on how the old lady at Kwakeithel Heinoukhongnembi prepared Singju, on his first date with Jashumati, his wife.
“Those days, there were no restaurants, dating with girl friends were done at the side of small “Lukmai” (small vendor run by old ladies) and Singju is the best item we enjoyed most”, Shyamsunder said recalling his youth days.
Like Shyamsunder, Singju is associated to the love life of almost all boys and girls of his age. These days Singju has been replaced by chicken chowmen, momo, fried rice etc etc. which are not our indigenous food.
Singju is a typical traditional snacks or dish. It is a mix-vegetable salad type items and in still popular among the people of the state, if not an item anymore for dating between boys and girls.
Days are gone and not many Lukmai run by old ladies are seen, as it has been replaced by mushrooming Restaurants where boys and girls can date. Because of the dying culture, youths of today may not be aware of the kind of Singju varieties.
Thanks to an organisation called “Singju Yokhat Lup” an organisation formed by a group of likeminded youths which works for promotion of this Manipuri Traditional food item. This group is organizing a unique festival called “Singju Festival” at Lamdeng Makha Leikai ground in Lamshang Assembly constituency from December 28, 2017 to January 8, 2018. This is the 3rd time that the Festival is organised.
In this 12 days festival, the organizing committee is inviting all special ‘Singju’ makers sure that any visitor can experience the taste of varieties of ‘Singju’.
Convenor of the Festival committee, Rakesh Naorem in a press statement said that indigenous cultural heritage of Manipur like – Likol Sanaba, Arambai shen, Kang Exhibition etc. will also be showcase during the festival. Other than this the festival committee is also organising various educational related competition for school going children besides other entertainment programme.