Sekmai AC MLA Kh Debendro Singh graced the event jointly organized by Nepali Sanskriti Suraksha Parishad (NSSP) and Shree Shree Durga Mandir Shantipur, Kanglatongbi at Shantipur Kanglatongbi Mandir premises as the chief guest.
Bhumi Prasad Basnet, Executive Member, ADC Sadar Hills; Shiva Kumar Basnet, Pradhan, Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat; Bishnu Bhandari, Unit President, NSSP, Arunachal Pradesh; Narayan Sharma, Patron Member, NSSP CC New Delhi; Khema Mishra, HoD, Dept of Nepali, Darang College, Assam Atwal, SO, PWD, Govt. of Manipur attended as guest of honour while Mani Kr Limbu, president, NSSP Manipur attended as functional president.
According to Vikram Samvat a traditional calendar system which follows Luni-Solar system- 2016 Nav Barsha is Vikram Samvar 2073 year while the State level event organized at Shantipur, Kanglatongbi also marked the first day of Baisakh.
Gorkha civil bodies including Gorkha Welfare Union Manipur; All Manipur Gorkha Students' Union; Sadar Hills Gorkha Union; Manipureli Kirat Sangh; Nepali Sahitya Parishad Manipur; Bishwa-Karma Youth Association; Kanglatongbi Gorkha Youth Association; Bharatya Gorkha Parishang Manipur Unit and various clubs and women societies from different parts of the State also attended the revelry.
The Gorkha community in the State celebrates the Nav Barsha by dutifully performing the customs and traditions.
MLA Kh Debendro witnessed the Gorkha antique items put on display during the introductory function of the New Year celebration and hoisted the Nav Barsha flag after planting a tree as a mark of the beginning of New Year.
A minute condolence was also observed to pay tribute to the departed Gorkha leaders while aged persons from the community were also presented gifts to mark the occasion apart from presentation to the dignitaries.
Speaking at the occasion, the local MLA said that culture is an important right which every community need to preserve while adding that without culture development of a society is not possible.
The MLA appreciated the Gorkha community for maintaining and preserving their culture and tradition while keeping in mind the value and significance of it.
Urging the Gorkha community to maintain their culture and tradition without modification, the MLA stated that many culture and tradition has been declining due to modification.
While lauding the Pradhan of Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat for his tireless effort in developing the Gram Panchayat of Kanglatongbi, the MLA said that during the Digital India Week celebration last year Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat bagged the third position.
The MLA also assured that he will always keep open a big door for the Gorkha community of the State in time of their need and development.
While motivating the Gorkha community to tirelessly work for the development of Manipur, Shiva Kumar Basnet, Pradhan, Kanglatongbi Gram Panchayat said that all are born here and brought up on the soil of Manipur and all will die here too.
"So, it is our duty to wholeheartedly work for the development of the State," he added.
According to the organizing committee, literary meet was also organized during the two days event with resource persons from various States including Matrika Pokhrel, Bibas Pokhrel, LB Chhetry and Krishna Parsain from Kathmandu in attendance.