Chief Minister inaugurates Golden Jubilee celebration of Manipuri Cinema; Distributes Chief Ministergi Artistesinggi Tengbang to beneficiaries

Chief Minister inaugurates Golden Jubilee celebration of Manipuri Cinema; Distributes Chief Ministergi Artistesinggi Tengbang to beneficiaries

Written By: / Friday, 09 April 2021 18:12

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Imphal, April 09:

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today inaugurated the year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of Manipur Cinema at the Palace Auditorium of Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Imphal. The function was organized by the Manipur State Film Development Society. The Chief Minister also unveiled the Monolith of Manipuri Cinema and inaugurated S.N. Chand Cine Archive & Museum at the campus of MSFDS.
Addressing the gathering, N. Biren stated that the Government had taken up certain steps for the welfare and development of Manipuri Cinema by introducing Manipur State Cine Policy, 2020 and setting up a Commission for follow-up procedures. To provide benefits to artists who brought laurels to the State and encourage them for future development, the Government had also come up with Chief Ministergi Artistessing gi Tengbang (CMAT) providing financial assistance to talented artistes, he added. He further stated that Artistes Pension under CMAT had also been introduced to make easier the life of aged reputed artists who have contributed in making the tradition, culture and art forms of Manipur more vibrant by working in various fields of arts.
Recalling the contribution of pioneers of Manipuri Cinema who had made tireless efforts to uplift Manipuri Films to greater heights, he stressed that cinema had taken a big role in shaping society and giving a face to the State in the field. He also expressed his proud feelings that the State had passed through a long journey in film making and is now celebrating its Golden Jubilee despite being a small state with less resource. He was also glad to the opening of the Cine Archive & Museum which would be of useful inputs to the younger generation for learning film making.
Stating that the State had many talented youths in every field, he stressed on the need to unite and work together for a better Manipur. He further informed that the Government is ready to render necessary support and assistance to those who sincerely work for the development of the State.
Delivering his presidential speech, Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar Singh said that celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Manipuri Cinema was a proud moment for the people of the State. He also added that the pioneers of Manipuri Cinema had contributed much to promote the State’s culture and art forms in their films rather than the motive of making money. Stating that Manipuri Films had now got less audience to watch compared to the olden days, he appealed to the present day filmmakers to take into consideration how to attract an audience while making films to revive its popularity.
During the programme, a short video on Glimpses of Manipur Cinema was screened. Apart from felicitating veteran filmmakers, pioneers of Manipuri Cinema and artists, the Chief Minister also distributed pension and financial assistance to beneficiaries of CMAT. A souvenir was also released on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee Celebration.
Filmmaker Manju Borah, Founder Director, Film Heritage Foundation Shivendra Singh Dungarpur, Director of first Manipuri Feature Film Matamgi Manipur Debkumar Bose, Manipuri Feature Film actor Yengkhom Roma and renowned filmmakers, artists, technicians and members of different film organisations attended the function among others.

MSFDS to sign MoU with Film Heritage Foundation for setting up a Film Archive in Manipur

The Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), a Government of Manipur undertaking, is signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Film Heritage Foundation (FHF), Mumbai for setting up the film archive of Manipur on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.
MSFDS partnering with FHF will be setting up the film archive to save the cinematic heritage of Manipur. Film Heritage Foundation being a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting the conservation, preservation, and restoration of film heritage in India will provide technical and intellectual consultancy and support to MSFDS in starting the archive particularly in restoration, preservation and digitization of the cinematic heritage of Manipur.
The areas of collaboration between MSFDS and FHF will also include training on film preservation and restoration, consultation on film repair and digitisation of film, conservation and preservation of non-filmic materials, and support in connecting with the fraternity of film archives and international bodies of film archives.
MSFDS represented by the Secretary, Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, and Film Heritage Foundation represented by Founder-Director, Shivendra Singh Dungarpur will sign the Memorandum of Understanding will be in the MSFDS complex, on April 10, 2021 at 9.15 am.

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