In a first-of-its-kind, a comic book depicting folktales of three major tribes of Manipur, namely Mao, Maram, and Poumai– inhabiting Manipur's Senapati district was recently released at a function in Imphal on Saturday.
The comic book was written by Th Kirankumar, the deputy commissioner of the Senapati district with an objective to introduce a comic book for the children so that they can digest it easily and it will also help in preserving the lifestyle, traditions, and culture of the tribe.
The 135-page color comic book called "Folktales of Mao, Maram, and Poumai" was written by the officer with the help of inputs by literature societies of the three major tribes. Kirankumar said that the comic book apart from preserving the folktales of the communities would also reach out to the masses that would decipher the significance of the tribes.
The comic book was formally released by Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh within the presence of vice-chancellor P Gunindro Singh of Manipur University of Culture at a hotel in Imphal.
Appreciating the efforts of the writer and contributors, Singh said that the folktales written in comic book format could help in reviving the bonding among different communities of the state and help in easy dissemination of historical facts related to the concerned tribes and their bonding.
"There was a need for more such comic books that brought out stories told by elders residing in the interior parts of the state," Singh was quoted.
"It's my pleasure to have attended the launching of Comic Book titled 'Folktales of Mao, Maram and Poumai' at Hotel Classic Grande today. Children and students will learn faster through vivid images of historical facts and folktales depicted in such comic books," Singh wrote on Twitter.
It's my pleasure to have attended the launching of Comic Book titled "Folktales of Mao, Maram and Poumai" at Hotel Classic Grande today.— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) February 13, 2021
Children and students will learn faster through vivid images of historical facts and folktales depicted in such comic books. pic.twitter.com/6i4lpnvdYn
The comic book is a collection of 15 short stories consisting of seven folktales of Poumai, five of Maram, and three of the Mao tribe.