Manipur Govt declared December 4 as ‘Sankirtan Day’
Guwahati: The Manipur government has declared December 4 as ‘Sankirtana Day’ in an effort to recognise state’s major contribution to the international arena of cultural heritages.
Sankirtana is largely practised by the Vaishnava community residing across the plains of Manipur, according to official.
Sankirtana is also included in the National Inventory of India’s Sangeet Natak Akademi.
The UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity inscribed the ritual dance and music form in 2013.
Sankirtana traditions revolve around the temple, where singers and dancers describe Krishna’s life and actions via song and dance.
UNESCO asserted, “The dignity and flow of aesthetic and religious energy is unparalleled, moving audience members to tears and frequently to prostrate themselves before the performers. Sankirtana has two main social functions: it brings people together on festive occasions throughout the year, acting as a cohesive force within Manipur’s Vaishnava community; and it establishes and reinforces relationships between the individual and the community through life-cycle ceremonies. It is thus regarded as the visible manifestation of God. The Sankirtana of Manipur is a vibrant practice promoting an organic relationship with people: the whole society is involved in its safeguarding, with the specific knowledge and skills traditionally transmitted from mentor to disciple. Sankirtana works in harmony with the natural world, whose presence is acknowledged through its many rituals.”
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