IMPHAL, Oct 23: The annual Chamdil Fest (Chavan Kumhrin celebration) was organised with much fanfare at the campus of Maha Government Higher Secondary School, Chandel today.
Tourism Commissioner KK Chhetri and 42 Assam Rifles Commandant Col Manish Sinha graced the occasion as chief guest and president respectively.
The celebration started with the release of colourful festival balloons by KK Chhetri in the morning.
It was followed by presentation of traditional dances of Tarao, Maring and Anal tribes by different cultural troupes.
Later, thang-ta show of Meiteis mesmerised the large gathering.
Speaking at the occasion, KK Chhetri noted that tourism fails to reap benefits in the State even though various States have already enhanced its economy by running tourism as an industry.
Saying that the State has been gifted with natural beauty, the Commissioner expressed hope that this beauty may bring prosperity through tourism industry in future.
Maintaining that Mani-pur is not inferior to other States in many fields, KK Chhetri also observed that the State can be made known to the world by developing its tourism potential. He however pointed out that popularisation of tourism is not possible without the co-operation of the people of the State. Beautification of the State and extending good hospitality to the visitors/tourists are must to popularise tourism.
Col Manish Sinha while speaking at the function exhorted the youths to lead the right path.
In the evening session, traditional dances of Lam-kang, Moyon, Monsang, Kuki, Chothe, Zou, Gorkha and Meitei were presented.
Chamdil idol, talent hunt and fashion parade were the main attractions of the night session.
Source: The Sangai Express