In a bid to save the dying indigenous sports, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that a stadium for Mukna, a traditional form of wrestling, will be constructed soon in the state.
The Chief Minister made this announcement on September 15th, 2019 at the closing ceremony of the first state-level Mukna Takhatnaba 2019 held at Singjamei Oinam Thingel Lairembi Lampak under Singjamei constituency of Imphal West district.
Singh emphasised that development of the Mukna is the need of the hour to encourage fitness among the young generation.
“Delighted to have attended the 1st State Level Mukna Competition at Singjamei, Imphal. There is a need for development of Mukna (indigenous Manipuri wrestling) to keep our young generation fit and healthy, and a separate stadium for Mukna will be developed soon,” Singh tweeted.
The first State Level Mukna Takhatnaba 2019 was organised by Iramdamgi Eenat Yokhat Lup and Eikhoigee Club for two days under the aegis of the All Manipur Mukna Association.
Mukna is a form of folk wrestling. It is popular in Imphal, Thoubal and Bishnupur. The game is generally played on the last day of the Lai Haraoba festival and is an intrinsic part of the ceremonial functions.
Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker K Robindro, MLAs Heikham Dingo Singh (Sekmai), Th Satyabrata Singh (Yaiskul) and others attended the function.