LAXMAN SHARMA I BORDUMSA
The much awaited mega edition of the ethno-cultural festival of the Singpho community, the socio-ethno-cultural extravaganza, the 33rd Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi (SYMP) has been slated to be held from 12th to 15th February here at the Permanent Manau Shadung at Singpho Cultural & Heritage Centre Bordumsa in Changlang District of Arunachal Pradesh in the North Eastern part of India.
The three days long agenda of the annual events of the SYMP has been designed and drawn attractively following the formation of a steering as well as sub committees during a general meeting held to this effect recently at the heritage premises headed by Chow Sunanda Singpho as the President and Mrs Koing Samon Umbon as the Secretary under the aegis of Singpho Development Society Bordumsa.
According to Khachang Maio the former Vice President of the organizing Committee , the preparation has been afoot on war footings to take the event to a new height with a distinct identity so that the the socio-ethno-cultural extravaganza of the Singphos gets escalated across the globe. The entire community has been drawn days and nights with specific responsibilities to boost the preliminary preparation which includes erection of community hall, community feast hall, painting of symbolic Sadung, inviting guest and foreign dignitaries and so on in a befitting manners.
Talking to the Eastern Today, the President of the organizing committee SYMNP 2017 Chow Sunanda Singpho told that the significant episode would kick off on 12th February and will conclude on 15th evening with 14th being the center of attraction as the Chief Guest Pema Khandu the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh along with Deputy CM Chowna Mein and several other host of Dignitaries would grace the occasion and participate in the popular Ora-Ora local dance of the tribe. The community feast would also be entertained on the 14th. According to him, the chief guest has informally consented to grace the occasion.
According to Mrs Koing Samon Umbon the Secretry of the organising Committee, the three days long annual events of the SYMP agenda of the folk dance festival of Singpho tribe would include hoisting of Singpho flag, singing of Singpho national song, offering tributes to the legendary heroes and offering prayers to supernatural elements, beside performing various forms of Singpho's socio-cultural and ethnic dances including the famous folk dance ora- ora ora- ora in and around the permanent painted pillars locally called Sadung.
The agenda also includes various competitions, fashion show, Singpho games, one act play based on significant themes of socio-cultural significance would mark the celebration.
What makes the festival much awaited among the people across the geography is the showcasing of the rich and varied forms of Singphos delicacies including Sat Makai (Tupula bhat), Cha (local wine), bamboo shoots (Ping), Wa Shun Ping (bamboo shots prepared with pork) and several other traditional edible prepared with special and flavored herbs so as to apprise and treat the guest and visitors with the delicacies wrapped with spontaneous love and warmth imbibed deeply among the hilly tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, traditional attires among the youth, young girls and across all age groups among the Singphos is fascinating and entire atmosphere being charged with merriment , fun and frolic all dine together, dance in unision to exhibit their strong bond among them offering warm hospitability to the guest and visitors.
The Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi festival also known as Manau poi is the 33 years old (as on 2017) national festival of the Kachins-a term for Singphos residing in Myanmar.Shapawang Yawang is the forefather of the Singphos while the word poi denotes ‘festivals’ and Manau means ‘dance’. Thus, the Shapawng Yawng Manau Poi stands for Dance festival in honour of Shapawng Yawng which has been annually celebrated between the 12th to 14th February.
However, the festival would conclude on the 15th February with a daylong concluding agenda.