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Manipuri balladeer to perform in Delhi

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At 89, Manipuri balladeer N Ibemni’s bag of stories is literally overflowing. Come Friday, from her treasure trove will emerge Khongjom Parva, a musical narration of the 1891 Anglo-Manipur war fought in Khongjom village. She will sing the annals of the battle at Kathakar, the three-day international storytellers’ festival to be held in New Delhi later this week.
Khongjom Parva is about the sacrifice of Manipuri heroes like Major Paona Brajabashi in the ‘Battle of Khongjom’ against the British troops.
The first day of the festival will be held at the amphitheater of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, Janpath in the National Capital. A panel discussion on storytelling preservation and techniques would be held, an official statement said.
It would be followed by stories from the ‘Silk Route of Mongolia’ by Sarah Rundle of United Kingdom, ‘Villupattu’ by Prof Vettavarayan Cultural troupe from Tamil Nadu, the ‘Firebird’ and other stories from Russia and Eastern Europe and ‘The Three Swords’, a Scandinavian folktale by Emily Parish from the United Kingdom. The second day will witness ‘The One-eyed Lad and the Ugly Little Princess’ by Daniel Hall from Hungary, Swedish and Norwegian folktales and myths by Emily Parish from United Kingdom, ‘Baithak ni Bhavai’ by Nayak Baldevbhai D from Gujarat and another from Sarah, it added.
On the final day, a presentation of African folktales by Godfrey Duncan from the United Kingdom, ‘Love – a recycling tale’ by Daniel Hall from Hungary, Khongjom Parba by Ibemni and African folktales by Godfrey Duncan from United Kingdom will be made, the statement added.
Founder of Khongjom Parva School, Ibemni has also established two choir groups, one in 1964 and the other in 1972, the statement said.
The festival aims to generate awareness on the traditional methods of storytelling across the globe, it added.
Ibemni began learning traditional Manipuri music at the age of six, under the tutelage of Guru Yumnam Natum Singh, a noted Nata Sangeet singer. Traditionally, folk tales, epics and community history were communicated orally with gestures and expressions to leave a lasting impression on the listener’s mind. (Courtesy: TNN)

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Tensubam Gokul, Guwahati (Assam) January 30, 2015 - 5:26 am

Ms N. Ibemni’s presentation of ‘Khongjom Parva’ based on the story line of Anglo-Manipuri Battle of 1891 AD, at an International Forum at New Delhi (India), is indeed a matter of pride. From : Colonel Tensubam Gokul, Guwahati, Assam, India. 30 Jan 2015.


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