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NE India on the verge of historical leap forward- Governor

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“Inaugural conference on NE India – Myanmar ethnic and cultural linkages”

Imphal, Sept. 28:  The inaugural function of “International Conference on North East India and Cultural Linkages” was held today at Manipur University which is jointly organised by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Manipur University.
Speaking at the function as Chief Guest, the Governor, Dr. Najma Heptulla, appreciate the objective of the Conference which is to broadly strengthen the magnificent cultural relation based on deep rooted cultural , religious and neighbourly association  between India and Myanmar and the common heritage of Buddhism and the philosophy of compassion, tolerance, non-violence and peace have laid strong foundations for this for this relationship and it is the right and appropriate time to hold the Conference as North East India is on the verge of historical leap forward under the new development policy of Look East or Act East of the Government of India. North East India has the locational   advantage with Myanmar the point of convergence as well as the linkage route between India and the other South East Asian countries since they are connected by land routes since ancient times. Myanmar played a significant role in spreading Indian culture, trade, commerce , philosophy, customs, religious practices and belief systems through land to South East Asian Countries and records have shown that some of the ethnic groups had migrated from Myanmar , Mongolia, Tibet, China, Laos Cambodia and Thailand ,  they are still maintaining languages, traditions, arts, crafts life styles as well as traditional religious practices
.The cultural bond of between NE India and Myanmar extends to the field of music and literature such as the similarities of music instruments and the influence of Indian epics like the Ramayana which has various versions in the South East Asian countries. Another common feature is the use of Red colour to symbolize bravery and also the frequent use of black as back ground or in combination with other colours, the textiles found on both sides have intricate designs of human and animal figures.
The Chief Guest further said that , the Conference will look into the different aspects of the NE cultural traditions and their evolution through time and come up with ideas to keep pace with the changing environment, believe that  cultural relations run deeper than relations among the peoples as there were no strict concepts of geographical frontiers in the ancient times and further , the Conference will bring out the best ethnic and cultural relations between NE India and Myanmar and also encourage that  Mahabharat be discuss in the Conference, so that the missing link between the two countries can be found.
The Inaugural function was attended by Prof. Sachchinand Joshi , Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi as the Guest of Honour, Prof. M. Dhaneshwar Singh, Acting VC ,Manipur University as President and Prof. J.N Phukan ,Former Member, Indian Council of Historical  Research, New Delhi as Keynote Speaker and Prof. N.Lokendra Singh and Prof. Dr. Bachchan Kumar, IGNCA, New Delhi as Conference Coordinators, apart from state and foreign dignitaries.

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