Manipur hosts mime dance workshop depicting ills of insurgency

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Imphal, May 29 (ANI): The Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory recently organised a workshop on 'Infusion of Cultural Values in Education Through Mime Theatre Workshop' in Manipur.

Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, the meet saw participation of around 50 students, including four especially challenged students.

Through the workshop, young artists depicted the ills of growing insurgency in the state. They presented two plays namely "Newspaper" and "Forest".

Of the two plays, the act, which left the audience moving was the "Newspaper", which depicted the present existing newspapers of the state, wherein 90 per cent of the content is that of violence and of terrorism.

The play also tried to depict that if such trend continued; the state would turn a land of widows.

"Manipur is in turmoil. We want to convey to the outside community the conditions we live in. We like to live peacefully so that's why we want to show the present situation of Manipur. So in 'Newspaper', we are showing that bombing and killing the male section only and after killing the male persons, only remaining women. So without men how can live in a society only by women," said Y. Sadananda Singh, director, Kanglei Mime Theatre Repertory.

Mangkha Mayanglambam, a young participant said that they want to tell through the act that the killings in Manipur must stop before it is too late.

"No one can destroy us. But if there is one terrorist in our audience, he can dream that 'Oh I was the one', so he cannot do that one," said Mayanglambam.

About 15 rebel groups operate in Manipur, bordering Myanmar. About 10,000 persons are reported to have died in more than three decades of violence. By L C K Singh (ANI)

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