Pune: SICEC And AMAND Observe Patriots’ Day, Pay Tribute To Martyrs Of Manipur

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Pune, 16th August 2022: The 131st Patriots’ Day 2022 was observed on Saturday, 13th August, in Pune, at the Auditorium of Symbiosis International University, Viman Nagar.




The Patriots’ Day function was organized by the Association of Manipuri Diaspora (AMAND), Pune, in association with Symbiosis Ishanya Cultural and Educational Centre (SICEC) in tribute to the martyrs of Manipur, who sacrificed their lives defending the sovereignty of their motherland in the Anglo-Manipur War of 1891.




The program was partly funded by the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. More than 300 attendees, including non-Manipuris, attended the function and paid floral tribute to the great martyrs of Manipur. AMAND President, Shri Er. Giridhar Singh Naorem welcomed the gathering and expressed in a solemn tone the loss of the Manipuri brave hearts and their selfless sacrifices. After the homage to the martyrs, the observation began with a group patriotic song from Milan Sorokhaibam and the party. The theatre play “Mareibak Ningba Koirengsana”, specifically designed for the 131st Patriots’ Day Observation 2022, was premiered by 27 artists of Manipuri Theatre Academy (MATA) as the main part of the observation. Shri Sarungbam Beeren Singh, the director of the play, was felicitated with Lengyan (Manipuri scarf), bouquet, and memento and was honoured by presenting a coconut by President Er. Giridhar Singh Naorem.




Former AMAND Presidents Dr Narendra Huidrom and Shri Pakasana Thounaojam also felicitated the artistes of MATA. Shri Beeren expressed his happiness in performing the premiere theatre play “Mareibak Ningba Koirengsana” and thanked AMAND for organizing the function. Shri Beeren, on behalf of MATA, felicitated the seniors of AMAND — Flt Lt. W.J. Singh (Retd.), Major K.Y. Singh (Retd.), W.O. T Pakasana Singh (Retd.), Dr Narendra Huidrom, Shri Jiten Irom, Shri Kulabidhu Chanam, and Er. Giridhar Singh Naorem — as a token of their love and gratitude. Everyone present in the gathering cherished the excellent theatre play “Mareibak Ningba Koirengsana” and appreciated the performance of all the 27 artistes of MATA with a standing ovation when the play ended.

The observation of 131st Patriots’ Day 2022 in Pune was conducted smoothly by Anju Arambam as Master of Ceremony of the function. The program was concluded with a vote of thanks and profound appreciation by Shri Kulabidhu Chanam, Vice President, AMAND, to all the generous donors, attendees, invitees, and MATA team who made the program a grand success.