Imphal, Feb 19
Imphal based folk rock band Imphal Talkies enthralled audiences in Bangladesh with their aesthetic performance during their tour. The band toured Bangladesh and played three shows for the Manipuris in Bangladesh as a follow up of “Re-imagining Manipur” tour which started in June 2019 in Assam. The band performed three consecutive shows from February 13 to 15, in Lamabazar (Sylhet), Bishgaon (Habiganj) and Bhnaugach (Moulvibazar). The band played the new album “Ema gi Wari”, a concept album which tells the stories of Manipuris in Assam and Bangladesh.
Imphal Talkies’ frontman Akhu travelled across Assam and Bangladesh in 2018 and met many poets, writers, activists, etc. The many conversations that he had with them and their stories have culminated in this album “Ema gi Wari”. The songs were written and composed partly during his travel. The album looks at Manipur beyond the geographical boundaries.
The tour and the shows were organised to create a dialogue between the band and the audience to share stories of past and struggles within the community. The band believes it is just a beginning of a lifelong sharing of stories and finding roots.
Imphal Talkies is very grateful to Lamabazar Naharol Lup, Bishgaon Manipuri Club and Bhanugach Meetei Naharol Lup for making this tour possible. The band also thanks India Foundation for the Arts for supporting this tour and the album “Ema gi Wari”
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