Imphal, Sep 30 (UNI) The 111th birth anniversary of Jananeta Hijam Irawat was today celebrated in Manipur.
Mr Irawat, the pioneer of the Left movement, had fought against monarchy, started the first newspapers in the state and a Left movement in Manipur.
The celebration was marked with social service camps conducted throughout the state by various organisations.
A function was organised by the Irawat Celebration Committee in which floral tributes were offered to the lifesize image of Mr Irawat erected on the stage.
Students from various schools, student organisations and band parties from all parts of the state participated in a march past competition in which about 100 contingents contributed.
Manipur Chief Minister Th Devendra presided over the function as the Chief Guest.
He said Mr Irawat was a legendary person who sacrificed his life for the welfare of the poor and weaker sections of the society.
''We are realising the greatness of the man only many years after his death,'' he said.
Irawat lost his life in the jungles of Burma as the then Manipur king did not allow him to enter the state.
State Health Minister P Parijat, MLA N Mangi, former minister Dr M Nara and others addressed the gathering during the function.
Besides, people throughout the state will light up candles on the streets and in their homes to mark his birth anniversary.