Manipur hosts beauty pageant [TruthDive]

October 29, 2011 – 7:15 pm

Imphal, Oct 29 (ANI): Twenty charming young women exuding confidence and oomph walked the ramp at the ‘Miss Sakhenbi Ningol Contest’, a beauty pageant held at Imphal on Friday.

Incidentally, the contest was hosted in connection with the Ningol Chakkouba Festival under the auspices of the Young Women Help Organisation, a voluntary forum.

The prime objective of ‘Miss Sakhenbi Ningol Contest’ at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre was to infuse an element of confidence and enhance the status of the women in the society.

“We are organising this contest in order to preserve the beautiful traditional costumes in connection with the Ningol Chakkouba Festival,” said Arambam Robita Devi, Secretary of Young Women Help Organisation.

The aspiring beauties contested for the coveted title of Miss Sakhenbi Ningol-2011.

The contest was divided into four rounds of introductory, casual, traditional and questions and answers.

“We want to upgrade the status of women. I participated in this contest to promote the cause. I’m very happy and I thought that I would never get the opportunity to showcase my talent but I’ve got one through this contest,” said Sobharani Devi, a contestant.

Another contestant, Salina Thoudam, said such contests and said that it was organised to collect funds especially to construct a home for the destitute womenfolk, who are the victims of militancy .

“The profit from the contest is going to help the women who have suffered a lot. The organisation is planning to build a home for the women who are destitute. I strongly support the organisation’s aim. The aim is also to select a perfect woman and I believe that I’m one of them,” said Thoudam.

In the last and final round, Chingakham Sanahanbi won the Miss Sakhenbi Ningol title while Rojiya and Sonia were the first and second runners up respectively. (ANI)

Source: TruthDive.com

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Manipur celebrates Ningol Chakouba with full fervour [Times of India]

Oct 29, 2011, 08.06PM IST

IMPHAL: In spite of the commodity crisis in Manipur due to the ongoing economic blockade on NH-2 and NH-37, the state celebrated Ningol Chakouba, the biggest festival for its women, on Friday.

Thousands of Manipuri ningols (women), especially the married ones, visited their parents’ homes in their choicest attire with sweets, meat and fruits and enjoyed various fish dishes with their siblings and parents.

People thronged the fish stalls in the markets of Imphal to buy fish for the grand feast in the morning. Due to the bulk production of local fish, the rate of certain fish reared locally remained unchanged but the price of fish brought from outside the state was somewhat high.

Owing to the festival, most business establishments were closed after noon. Various civil bodies including women organizations celebrated the day at different parts of the valley with women from different communities.

The ningols returned home in high spirits with blessings and simple gifts like clothes, kitchenware and small amounts of money from their parents and brothers.

“The festival revives family ties and strengthens the bond of love and affection, mainly between married women and their brothers. It ultimately helps in preserving and promoting unity and integrity in the society,” governor Gurbachan Jagat said on the occasion.

“The festival reinforces the fraternal and protective bond that exists between siblings and parents and daughters since time immemorial,” chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said.

“Though the festival was originally celebrated by the Meitei community, other communities of Manipur like the ethnic tribal groups and Manipuri Muslims have also been celebrating Ningol Chakouba for the last one decade, promoting emotional integration and unity in the state,” the CM added.

Source: The Times of India(Guwahati)