Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Wednesday extended their warm greetings to the people on the occasion of Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi, the annual ethno-cultural festival of the Singpho community. The Governor expressed his hope that the folk dance festival would promote socio-cultural growth of every community of the State and help in the preservation of the State’s cultural heritage.
In his message, Dr Mishra said that Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi is rich in traditional expression and offers a window to ancient Singpho folklore. “The rituals during the celebration have always helped in building warm social relationship and interaction, which leads to harmony and oneness amongst the people,” the Governor said.
“May this festival of rituals and dances further strengthen the bond of relationship in the society,” the Governor added.
Khandu, in his message said, “Ours is a distinct State with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages and maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions.”
“Despite our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity. I believe this Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi would prove a major catalyst towards achieving this goal,” the Chief Minister said.
He further wished a grand celebration of the festival of dance in honour of the great forefather of the Singphos–Shapawng Yawng.
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