Mumbai: The Tangkhul community in Mumbai, numbering around 3000 members on September 28 celebrated its Cultural Day held at Marathi Bhasha Bhavan, Mumbai University, organized by the Tangkhul Welfare Society Mumbai (TWSM).
Manipur transport minister Khashim Vashum graced the occasion as chief guest and Sodaun Ningshen, chief manager of Bank of India, Dhule Branch, Maharashtra was the guest of honor.
The day-long event saw exuberant crowd packed to the auditorium cheer to high notes of music, Lungchan laa competition, traditional show, Aton and Ashang play, and various other entertaining items.
Chief guest Khashim Vashum performed a song along with Oshim Soho, a well known Tangkhul singer, as he displayed his agility by unleashing his signature dance moves to entertain the audience.
Speaking at the occasion, Khashim Vashum encouraged the young and the old and stressed on the importance of division of labour to increase productivity in the contemporary society.
“The individual should know their job responsibility whether small or big, everyone should focus on the specific area they are assigned to bring out the best results,” the minister said.
According to Yaron Somatai Raleng, Khashim Vashum also encouraged and assisted TWSM financially, including Naga Students’ Union, Tangkhul Baptist Church and the folk dance troupe in the event.
Meiphung Productions sold out tickets in the release of Khanaowa Songza, a Tangkhul feature film in collaboration with TWSM at the Cultural Day celebrations.
“Tangkhul Welfare Society Mumbai, on behalf of Tangkhul in Mumbai and on-behalf of all the Manipur state residents in Mumbai appealed and gave verbal petitions to the minister Khashim Vashum: Firstly, to convey and discuss with the concerned department of government of Manipur, to initiate the process of constructing Manipur Bhavan in Mumbai. Secondly, to support and encourage TWSM in the 10th anniversary celebration in 2023,” informed Yaron Somatai Raleng.
The organizer TWSM said that this is the first time a minister or an MLA attended an event organized by them in Mumbai till date.
TWSM was established in 2012, mainly to look after the grievances faced by the Tangkhul brothers and sisters in Mumbai and to preserve & promote our culture by organizing various events.