Silchar: The discussion on the literary works of Lailinghan Naoria Phulo by teachers, scholars, and researchers provided enough food for thought for the invited learned assembly at a daylong seminar organized by Sahitya Academy Kolkata in collaboration with Apokpa Marup Cachar at the community hall of Pailapool, 25 km from here recently. It was quite enlightening and many unknown facets of the literary creations of one of the celebrated men of letters of Manipur were brought into focus. The summum bonum of the deliberations by well known Manipuri men of knowledge of the region and Manipur described Naorio Phulo as a prophet author.
Naoria Phulo was part of revivalist writings founded by Phulo. A few detailed and systematic works on the movement originated in Manipur as a result of the direct atrocities of the kings and his men were referred to as references. Naorio Phulo traces the origin of the Meities with Kiratas of ancient Indian Literature. He is a writer of prose and poetry and much admired for his novel way of writings. Prof Raghumani Singh of Assam University hails Phulo as a poet of the essence and a book by him on the poet reveals his basic attributes.
Teachers and students who presented papers on Phulo tried to explore the unexplored facts about him. In fact, the discussions were wide and varied and touched upon his contributions in the context of Indian Literature. The key-note address delivered by Thokchom Biswanath, poet and critic, highlighted the philosophical ideas of the Manipuri poet. Naorio Amusana dwelt on the philosophy of Apoka Marup which is based on humanity, love, and compassion. Knowing Naorio Phulo is to have a greater view of the land of Manipur and the cosmic evolution of the earth.
Mihir Kumar Sahoo, programme officer of Sahitya Academy, initiated the seminar by welcoming the dignitaries, teachers, and scholars. Those who took part in the deliberations and made the seminar eventful included N Kirun K Singh, Dr. Aruna Devi, Dr. Aramban Ongbi, Memochouba Devi, Dilip Mayengbam, Dr. N D Hodamba, and P Rajendra Singh among others.