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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 - Imphal Times

Serving poor and needy people is the greatest religion: CM

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Imphal, Oct. 8

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has stated that the greatest religion is to serve the poor, needy and helpless people. This was stated by him at the 36th Anniversary Celebration of Yaibilen, Keibi Sanapat Imphal East district today.
Speaking as Chief Guest of the function, Chief Minister said that when the poor and helpless people are uplifted then our society would be developed. Mentioning that the objective of the present government is to serve the people of the state, he narrated that the government has initiated various schemes for the welfare of the people. People’s blessings are showering upon us for our deeds, he added.
Stating that there will be peace when we have a healthy economy, Chief Minister maintained that in the last two and half years, peace has prevailed in the State with the support of the people. He stated that the people of the State are filled with enormous talents and innovative ideas that we could easily compete with the outside world.
Condemning the unwanted mob violence happened at Kha Potshangbam, Bishnupur district yesterday, Chief Minister stated that such incident was not only barbaric but also inhuman.  He maintained that people should have deep spirituality connection as it would help in developing discipline in the society.
Chief Minister appreciated those who are associated with the Yaibilen Children Home for their selfless sacrifice, dedication and commitment to nurture the children. He said that the government will look after the proposal for providing grant-in-aid to the Yaibilen Children Home.
Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Medical Superintendent JNIMS Dr. Ningombam Jitendra, Retired Chief Engineer Thangjam Joykumar, Executive members of Yaibilen and others attended the function.

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Public meet on the impact of “Manipur Merger Agreement 1949” held at Senapati

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Imphal, Oct.8

A public meeting on the impact of “Manipur Merger Agreement 1949” to the Manipuri people discussing about the present status of the indigenous people of the region was held today at Lembakhul Community Hall in Senapati District and was organised jointly by the Lembakhul Youth Club (LYC), All Lembakhul Shinaolong (Meira Paibi) and All Angtha Development Association. 

General Secretary of LYC Lembakhul ,Kingson Chithung, President of the Joint Committee of People Welfare Yairipok, Ibotombi Khumancha and Social Worker MV.Abdul Rahim graced the occasion as presidium members.

Executive Director of Human Rights Alert (HRA), Babloo Loitongbam and Retd. Associate Prof. Dr. Haobam Indrakumar of Modern College delivered speech as resource persons.

Speakers on the occasion stress on the present chaotic condition of the people of the region where peaceful co-existence has been distorted with several terror activities and the apprehension for distortion of the unity of the region in this 70 years with India.

After Manipur has been annexed by the dominion of India, the erstwhile nation has lost its Independence and put under the state of Part C state spewing anger to the people of the region. 

Since then there has been much change in the political theatre of the region. Brutal force/activities has been utilized to suppress the public movement and it is at this juncture that we the people felt it important to re-open the agreement reached between Manipur and India when Manipur became a part of India, the speakers added.

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PMJAY and CMHT cards distributed

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Imphal, Oct 8

Tulihal Zilla Parishad member, Imphal East and Bharatiya Janatiya Party, Bharatiya Janata Mahila Morcha, President, Kongbam Inaocha Devi organises 2 days of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) and Chief Minister Hakshel Tengbang (CMHT) distribution camp held from today at Yairipok Top-Chingtha Laimang Community hall.

BJP Manipur Pradesh Mahila Morcha, President, K. Inaocha said that the state has more Below Poverty Line (BPL) people. She added that BPL families face lots of consequences when it comes to illness. She further added that to provide at least some assistance to the BPL families the campaign is organised to give awareness and to take opportunities of AB-PMJAY and CMHT. AB-PMJAY and CMHT cards were distributed to the families.

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Syam Sharma & Paban Kumar to take part in Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival

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Imphal, Oct. 8

The Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019 which will commence from October 10 to 17 will feature 16 documentaries from North East India under a special section- “Rustle of Spring, Whiff of Gunpower: Documentaries from Northeast  India”. The programme has been set by the Festival authority in collaboration with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation as a part of their ongoing initiative entitled: Preserving and Sharing the Histories and Memories of North East India.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation has invited legendary film maker Aribam Syam Sharma and young dynamic film maker Haobam Paban Kumar from Manipur to attend the festival and deliver talks in the post-screening events.

Five Films from Manipur in the festival are: Aribam Syam Sharma’s Orchids of Manipur, Yelhou Jagoi:The Dances of Lai Haraoba, The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh; Haobam Paban Kumar’s Phum-Shang and Oinam Doren’s Songs of Mashangva.

Others are Pinky Brahma Choudhury’s An Autumn Fable, Mukul Haloi’s Tales from Our Childhood, Gautam Bora’s Old Man River, Subasri Krishnan’s What the Fields Remember, Altaf Mazid’s The Broken Song, Sanjay Kak’s In the Forest Hangs a Bridge, Prem Vaida’s New Rhythms in Nagaland, Nepoleon Thanga’s MNF: The Mizo Uprising, Moji Riba’s Prayers for New Gods, Tarun Bhartiya’s When the Hens Crow and Not Allowed.  

There will be a symposium on ’Documentaries from Northeast India / When Margins Becomes the Centre’   to be participated byS1Pinky Brahma Choudhury, Haobam Paban Kumar and Moji Riba and moderated by Tarun Bhartiya, besides opening a North East India Audio-Visual Archive under the Department of Mass Communication, St. Anthony’s College Shillong.

Festival authority says, “Surrounded by Tibet, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Northeast region of India connects to the mainland via a slender stretch of land of just 22 kilometers in width, euphemistically called the “chicken neck.” From the time of Independence, the Indian state has obsessively worry about the map of this area getting severed from this slender chicken neck. Confronted by the self-determination struggles of the indigenous people of the region, Indian cartographic mania has pushed the democratic life there to just a frontier footnote”.

“But political turbulence is not the only story. As a geographical and civilizational bridge, the region has been at the crossroads of much older histories of community cultures. With more than 200 languages and scores of tribes, from hill societies to valley dwelling cultures, Northeast India could be celebrated as a microcosm of diversity. This program presents the tension and dialogue between the post-colonial Indian state’s efforts to represent the region and local filmmakers who seize back the narrative of their experiences”.

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At this juncture, Manipur needs strategic change

The state is presently obsessed with the developments taking place in the neighbouring state of Nagaland with regard to the political scenario, and with valid reasons. Any and every decision being taken will have far reaching consequences and will subsequently impact the future of Manipur. Notwithstanding the cruciality of the developments, there are and will always be aspects no outsider can influence, and is best to leave it at that. What we can take away from this changing situation is the bargaining power of the collective force. There are many questions which will remain unanswered for now, and rather than indulging in speculation and believing in hearsay, it is time for us to act accordingly so that our collective interests are secured and the continuity of Manipur as a separate and distinct geo-political entity is assured.
How does one go about it? More often than not the best solution also happens to be the simplest one, for the ability to mobilize support and cooperation from the public requires understanding and consent. What is heartening is the fact that despite the shortcomings and drawbacks present in our society, the public have slowly but surely started focusing on the silver lining rather than the dark clouds of inefficiency, underdevelopments, corruptions and bureaucratic confusions still looming over the society. More than anything, the present government should prioritise building upon the trust and ‘feel-good’ factor existing amongst the public to take up vital activities crucial for the inclusive and collective development of the state. The cobwebs of corruption, red tapes and bureaucratic hurdles not to mention the institutionalized practice of nepotism should be swept clean from every public office and institutions while fixing responsibility and accountability. But real and tangible changes can only be achieved when the mindset of those holding public offices can really appreciate their positions to improve the society and sees their roles as opportunities to contribute to the society rather than favourable circumstances to divert and misappropriate public wealth and properties for personal gains.
A clean and clear system of rewards and punishments and its strict implementation would help motivate the enthusiastic ones and keep in check the greedy and potentially corrupt personnel. Considerations based on emotions or personal relations should be done away with immediately to restore faith and thereby the trust and appreciation of the general public who have come to consider public offices and the authorities as unapproachable and incorrigibly corrupted.
Since the  BJP-led state government took over, there have been a slew of positive initiatives which have enabled the people to shed their inhibitions and apprehensions of communicating with the government and its authorities. The public is now visibly more involved and concerned with the workings of the government- an encouraging sign that things are turning out better than before. This however should not be taken as an achievement but an indicator of what can be achieved. Refraining from self-back-patting will go a long way in ushering in a trend of letting the works speaking for themselves. The bottom line is that cooperation and trust of the public will ultimately decide the success or failure of any and every initiatives and efforts of the government.

TAPTA: Jayenta Loukrakpam - “A man with different Rhythm”

Jayenta Loukrakpam, popularly known as TAPTA, was born on Wednesday the 30th March 1966 in a poor family of Naranseina Mamang Leikai of Bishnupur District, Moirang Sub-Division. His father (Late) Bijoy Loukrakpam was a simple village farmer and his mother Loukrakpam Ongbi Mangolnganbi (still alive, age about 94) is a simple housewife. TAPTA (Jayenta) is the youngest of three siblings of which two are his elder sisters; Khangembam Ongbi Ibechaobi is the eldest and Chingakham Ongbi Mema is the second elder sister. He married to Oinam ningol Pratima and father of five siblings, Henba (Only son),Henbi Henao, Helli and Henthoi( all daughters).TAPTA had his early education from class I to V at Naranseina Junior High school; from class VI to VIII at Phubala High School then went to Moirang Multipurpose Higher Secondary school where he studied Class IX and X. He passed his HSLC (Metric/Class X) from the same School in 1983. He did his PUC in  Science at D.M college of Science and graduated from Moirang College in 1989.He underwent PGDCA (Post graduate Diploma in Computer Application)in an Institute at Guwahati during 1989-92.    
  From childhood days, Jayenta (TAPTA) was very much fond of music and deeply interested in Art & Culture. Being born in a poor family, in spite of his deep interest in music, his family did not encourage and support him, however his parents did not interfere his desire of music being the only son of the family. He faced many crucial hurdles in his course of musical life, he said. His first Guru of music was his late uncle Gandhar. His uncle taught him the art of playing Tabala and singing. His uncle use to call him to sing during “LIKON SANABA” (on Krishna-Asthmi & Radha-Asthami) that time. His parents were very anxious but worried and did not like his singing in the mike during Likon Sanaba, however his two sisters encouraged his singing. After his uncle Gandhar expired,, his  cousin (Late) O.Thoiba, promoted him to sing on the stage. Because of his cousin Thoiba, Jayenta(TAPTA) has now become a renowned singer . He said, he still remember lines of songs by his late cousin like- “Setpiro Ema Laan-mi-gi phijol,tambiro Baba nongmei kappa”;Leibaklei ho leibaklei Taibang tayonabi leibaklei;Ebungo macha laone chakthongbi saan-na-se etc. His late cousin O.Thoiba gave him an opportunity to sing the song two times in the children Program (Angangsing-gi-Thouram) of All India radio Imphal.He took part in song competitions of schools in which he stood first many times which inspired , encouraged  and influenced him a lot  to be in the field of music.             
After graduation, he fully dedicated to music. He bought a Guitar during his post graduate studies at Guwahati. He said, he was thrown out from 12 different rented houses at Guwahati as he played Guitar loudly days and night without stopping. He tried to learn Strumming of the Guitar string by himself which he found difficult, so tried to take help from a person called Ranjit. Ranjit showed his unwillingness to teach him rather neglected by showing his egostic manner of being an expert in playing guitar.Tapta got shocked and determined that one day he would be much better Guitarist than him (Ranjit).Though Ranjit refused and neglected him to teach strumming but the credit for his mastering in playing Guitar and becoming an expert in strumming goes to Ranjit, he said. He completed his post-graduation in 1993 and returned home. His family members were not happy with him as he paid more important in music than the computer course he studied. He joined “Bina Musical Club” of Phubala,which he later changed its name as “Apunbaba Naharol Semgat Lup(ANASEL) “for a wider perspective as Bina Musical Club was only for Phubala that time.He was the guitarist and composer of “Tamna Musical Centre Bishnupur in 1994. He was a part-time artist of “Dance Drama and Cultural Association” a Sumang Leela group too. His first stage performance was at Rudra high School of Khuekpi,during Swarasati Puja in which he got Rs 50/- he said. His musical performance could not bear the daily bread of the family because of this he was the laughing stock of his locality. He was the apple of mocking and teasing for everybody ,saying that a man send to learn computer but returned with a guitar in hand, suffering his parents like hell; he is completely a spoiled ,useless bread and black sheep of the family. Not only this, he was so badly insulted by one of the renowned female singer of Manipur about the music composition of a celluloid Manipuri film. In that the Director of the film asked the female singer about his (TAPTA) composition, in reply,the singer said how can I hear & see that stupid ,nonsense,irrelevant sur and  composition of that un-named fellow. A renowned drummer also once said-100% of Manipur’s music artists hate and dislike you, nobody want to listen your music and watch your performance but they know the excellencies of your composition and  very much impressed though pretend dislike. Another famous Manipuri male singer also once said to one of the renowned music lover- Why did you so close to that “Lawai Macha” and what’s the use and purpose of inviting him in a launch like this? However he never detached his love of music. Amidst such hurdles, his determination, will power, hard work and patience, Jayenta (TAPTA) has become a bright Star totally different singer from others in the helm of Manipuri Fusion music.        
Few of his interesting ideas and sharing are: he does not have any particular song of his which he like best and dislike most; he can’t say out of so many concerts he performed which is the best and which is the worst. Good, better, best or bad, evil, worst should be decided by the audience, not by me. He further said, all his songs were sung by him, considering all are the best and he enjoyed all his concerts he performed so far. He further said, for him he consider the rhythm and sur of the song is more important than the scripts of the song as the songs of many famous singers like Lata mangeskar ,Kishore Kumar………Scorpions, Eagles  etc. are listened by many with great enthusiasm and interest even without knowing the meaning and wordings of the songs. This proves rhythm, sur (Seihek-Seida) is more important than the scripts of the songs. He also said that composing a music or song is not an easy task.  
He classified his songs into five categories:-
#Volume: deals with problems of environment & surroundings  
#Series     : deals with romantic songs
#GV(Group Volume): Promoting new ones
#Pruck      : Patriotic songs
#Special Attractions: Songs deals with a particular issue.
He has been conferred seven awards so far:
#1st Creative Music Award by the office of the Dean of Students Welfare M.U and G.P women’s College and Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS) in 2002.
#Roop Raag Award on lyricist, singer and composer by Roop Raag on its 43rd Anniversary in 2003.
#Youth Icon Award by Manipur University Research Club(MURC) in 2005
#Singer of the year 2014 by Sheirengbasingi Apunba Lup(SHAL)in 2014
#Certificate of appreciation-2017Inspired singer of Manipur by Manipur University Student’s Union(MUSU) in 2019
#Honour of Tapta-2019.
His songs and scripts clearly shows that he is a patriot, nationalist and very concerned about his motherland and its people. It will not be exorbitant to say that his vision and dream of a good Manipur is far sighted and nothing is left in his philosophy for our society, Environment, women & children politics, economics etc. Let this living legend live long in good health so that he can serve this trouble torn land in a better way for a better future of our youths.  

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