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The Indian embassy in Madagascar on Friday, hosted an event to honour the rich history and cultural legacy of the northeastern state of Manipur at Madagascar’s capital – Antananarivo.
This gala event was attended by members of local government, diplomats, leaders of International Organizations, members of the Indian diaspora in Madagascar; and a sizeable population of Malagasy citizens.
According to an official statement issued by the Indian Embassy, this event kicked-off by exhibiting the various aspects of the northeastern state.
Speaking at the event, the Indian Ambassador to Madagascar – Abhay Kumar noted that Manipur has a glorious history, along with exquisite culture, diversified ethnic population, pristine natural beauty and historic structures.
He further elaborated how the state is home to a diverse indigenous group of people, each unique in their culture and dialect.
“It is a location of numerous cultural landmarks, including temples. One such historic site in Manipur is the Shree Shree Govindajee Temple. Radha & Krishna, the temple’s presiding deities; are carved out of a jackfruit tree. The performance of Rasleela by the Manipuri group today here in Madagascar has a significant symbolic value,” – stated the Ambassador.
The event saw enthralling performances of Manipur dances by a 12-member group sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Watch | A Manipuri dance group from Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) performing Rasleela in Antananarivo, Madagascar on the occasion of #Janmashtami today.
— DD News (@DDNewslive) August 19, 2022

Celebrating Manipur in #Madagascar: Ambassador Abhay Kumar interacted with the school children from various schools of #Antananarivo today and introduced them to the rich culture, cuisine, crafts, and touristic attractions of the Indian state of #Manipur.
— India in Madagascar & Comoros (@IndembTana) August 19, 2022

The group was a part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA). The Academy is named after the first Prime Minister of India and was established in 1954. It is a constituent unit of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi with the objective to train students in Manipuri dance, music and allied arts.
The event also featured a special exhibition highlighting Manipur’s art, festivals, tourism destinations, culture, and cuisine. Ambassador Kumar himself gave a guided tour of the exhibition to children from various schools in Madagascar and the invited guests at the State Promotion event for Manipur in Madagascar.
Watch| Drummers from #Manipur mesmerising the audience in #Madagascar’s capital Antananarivo with their drumming skills. @SE_Rajoelina @RichardJRand @diplomatieMg @IndianDiplomacy @iccr_hq @NainaAndriants1 @TourismManipur @LalatianaAndri2 @orangeactu
— India in Madagascar & Comoros (@IndembTana) August 19, 2022

At the State Promotion Event for #Manipur, a dance group from Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy performed in Antananarivo, #Madagascar today. A special exhibition on the art, festivals, tourist sites, culture, cuisine and crafts of Manipur was also showcased at the event.
— India in Madagascar & Comoros (@IndembTana) August 19, 2022


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