“Pune Thabal Chongba 2011” organised by MSAP


MSAP organizes Pune Thabal Chongba – 2011 – Press Release from MSAP

The Manipur Students Association, Pune (MSAP) organized a Thabal Chongba festival at Dr. Ambedhkar College, Camp Pune, on 20th Feb, 2011, as part of its Annual Sports Meet – 2011.  The program was a grand success; it was attended by more than 500 people including students and families who are staying in Pune and nearby places like Mumbai, Nagar and Nashik.

This time, the sound system was rocking like a Rock Show and everybody was thrilled with the rhythm. The Tube light and Halogen light was bright enough to give the Mood and Ambience of a true Thabal Chongba.

Pune Thabal Ground - Dr. Ambedhkar College
Pune Thabal Ground - Dr. Ambedhkar College . Picture credit to Diamond RK (diamond09rk@gmail.com)

As always, Senior Members of PUMA, a Group of senior Pune-Manipuri’s, were not only present but also working behind the scene, taking care to make the Thabal Chongba more beautiful.

Many praised the show. “This is the best Thabal organized by MSAP in recent years.” All the student organizations of North-East States in Pune were invited for the festival. However, very few of those invitees turned up on that day.

One enthusiastic participant comments, “I won’t miss this Thabal though I have practical exam tomorrow morning. This is the most awaited event at Pune.”

Kids performing Thabal . Picture credit Diamond RK (diamond09rk@gmail.com)

One of the senior member of PUMA expressed, “This year’s Thabal was great! I couldn’t contribute to the arrangement, so, I thought, I can at least make it successful by actually participating”

People of all age group: from two years old kids to forty five years men/women participated in the Thabal. It was the one of most excitement filled evening at Pune.

One memorable part of the event was, during the interval, we felicitated Mr. Sanjoy & Suranjoy, Gold Medalists in Boxing, in recently concluded Commonwealth Games – 2011.

The credit for the success of this event goes to all the selfless volunteers who worked sincerely and with dedication. Mention may be made here – on the day of the Thabal, to setup the ground, light and sound, some of the volunteers were working from morning till afternoon, just with a cup tea and few pieces of biscuits/cookies. Even after everybody left, these volunteers remained behind to give a finishing touch to the event. Everybody came, saw, danced and had a fun filled day.

Students are syncing the rhythm of the music.
Students are syncing the rhythm of the music. Picture credit Diamond RK (diamond09rk@gmail.com)

The event came to a beautiful end at 10.00 pm with a huge round of applause from every one, leaving with smile and happiness on everyone’s face. Everybody danced, clapped, cheered and rejoiced.

We extend warm and sincere thanks to all the Manipuri’s and Special invitees from other states, who were a part of the program. Your presence added more values towards the successful flow of the event.

About MSAP:

The Manipur Students Association, Pune (MSAP) was formed in 1973. Its motto is “Learn, Serve and Excel”. Every year we organize Sports and Cultural Meets for the students of Manipur in Pune. This year the Sports Meet – 2011 was held in the month of Jan, from 29th  to 30th . Events like cricket, football, tug of war, Table tennis, badminton, and many more were held. Prize and trophies were distributed to the winners. Every year, we invite all other Manipuri’s and other people from different community as Guest to the gatherings. This adds to the color and meaning of the function. Organizing such meets help us to know and understand each other better, increase the equality and unity.

MSAP office bearer for 2011:

1. Md. Raees Ahamed. (President)
2. Lalhari Singh Sapam. (Finance Secretary)
3. Rameshwar Singh Oinam. (General & Publicity Secretary)
4. Ramkrishna Thingbaijam. (Games & Sports Secretary)
5. Jenison Singh Urikhimbam. (Social & Culture Secretary)

Thanks to:

1. Premjeet Sougrakpam (Aarangbham of PUMA) for editing this write-up.
2. Diamond RK for Thabal Photos.
3. Thanks to all PUMA Member for your support and Guidance.
4. Thanks to all selfless MSAP volunteers for everything.

The above press release was sent to Kanglaonline by The Manipur Student Association, Pune. (M.S.A.P)

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  1. Things have changed since you left Sanjib. In Bangalore to get an aramaic grammar book I mentioned my request over lunch to a department head at Christ’s and the librarian handed me a laminated photocopy that day.

    In Kottayam I might be able to get the same done for a hundred rupees.

    In Andhra they are more western so I’d need photo ID utility bill proof of stuff before they’d let me into a library. Plan there would be a day trip with three of the upper fourth, we go back after six, they get the book we photocopy laminate they return the book we watch an all night bollywood film thing get them some KFC and some lados and return to Nellikuduru next day.

    There is a derelict building near the Electricity power station called Manipur Cenral Library one of the money launderettes your CM will demand a 100% income tax increase if anybody wants it finished. I understand Manipuri better than you. So I go to the Librarian and tell him what I want and he’ll say Sir guests are gods to us, there is no need to pay come tomorrow and I shall have the book for you. So I return the next day and he’ll say oh sir how terrible last night when I had your book I was mugged by insurgents. They now have your book and want 500 rupees for it plus a government job and all contracts on future photocopying. And before you tell me no Desie, the Librarian is in with them. The point is they don’t have the book. Once he realized he could make some money in fact move the sign over the building to the right and the Electricity Power station will now be Manipur Central Library and few would be any the wiser.

    As for Silence being Gold, if that were true then what I do next would cause massive inflationary pressure on gold all you hoarders better settle up now before the bubble breaks. You meant golden but I knew that and I don’t believe in giving people a hard time over grammar.

    What I’ll do is get a friend in London to order it then have him scan it email it to me and send it on to an address in Nepal. I will leave a forwarding address in Nepal maybe Burma and so on. My travels are to prepare me for my return one year hence.

    And one more thing. This isn’t literature. This is conversational English except I speak far more quickly than you can read. The problem is mine. I am working on strategies and I must learn not to waste typing on yeah chatlage.

  2. I dont about Coutinho but I m sure about you mister that you also keep flirting with middle path so and so..Thats sound a bit mild…

    What “provoke”?are you talking about?As far as Countinho writing about Human rights are just general ideas prevailing in Kangleiapk.(which is indeed a matter of concern).

    Lets stop paranoid and skepticism which I find generally in “exceptionally liberal” individuals these days hurling points now and then.I strongly categorize such people as sort of weak still hypocrite trying thier best to veil their weakness with sophisticated facade.

    Mr Countinho’s remarks”people harp on about phantasy pasts because they are too afraid to live in the present”yup its indeed true for certain people.I think coutinho you are not exception here!And dont be in illusion that Mr Gndhi brought india’s independence!

    “Personally if I were a parent I’d be far more worried about sending my child to a science or social sciences seminar to discuss moral solutions to….”What doe this say?Dont forget the first quote that I extracted from your own points!Everyone here in Kangleipak can not be you.

    Your points’s become more lucid with your growing burden of time or lack of time.I m telling you,you have zillions of time left to do some some unique in your disposal.Only might be a issue of idea that I cannt assure of!

    You talk about so many tangling points which more or less interwoven each other with good and bad reasons prevailing in Kangleipak:

    a)”Most of you who post aren’t living in Kangleipak”-true!

    b)”Why return if all you intend to do is fall in line with those who are destroying this country.”I ask you which way you gonna choose?Its common issue for those who are outweigh by their own reasoning!

    c)”I assume Kangla called for a foreigner because all the Kanglei men prefer to sell out pay bribes and prop up the system destroying the land”…This is the consequence…

    These your points are not new in Kangleipak.Only thing is that people keeps on asking about these inside and outside our minds.I respect your term and have do firm believe in my own term yet!

    We want our Kangleipak to stand along with world for moving forward in mankind’s expedition of eternal truth!We cannt be left behind!I dream of this!

  3. Sanjib Meitei, if I were more confident of my sexuality and you were actually in Imphal I would reach over and kiss you full on the lips. This is progress. You are allowing Sharmila her Article 16 Human Right, I commend the preamble to you all. And you aren’t suggesting it’s a joke or that I am not really in Imphal.

    I am assuming you aren’t a spy agent yourself so like the rest of us you get your knowledge of spy agents from novels and films. So to clarify am I like a Burn Notice spy agent. Because that would explain why I have no gadgets, aston martin and beautiful spy agent assistant, plus dedicated line back to M. Or am I a Bourne Identity spy agent, because that would explain why I don’t realize I am a spy agent and I may just have misplaced the gadgets and the aston martin. And not pressing you on this but don’t UK spy agents get a belt of twenty gold sovereigns because they’d come in handy what with the ATM problems you have here. Or is that story not true at all. And finally what would the spy mission be, can I call it the primary objective, and other subsidiary ones objectives of opportunity. Because if it’s to stop the repeal of AF(SP)A (The theory has been put forward before but by a complete idjit I have had time to think about it more) then presumably since the plan is not to marry till after AF(SP)A is repealed that one won’t fly so it’s really more important to work out what the objectives of opportunity might be. And I am guessing you haven’t a clue what those might be. Me neither. But I feel sexier already.

    My name is Coutinho. Desmond Coutinho. So Mr Meitei do you expect me to talk? No Mr Coutinho I expect you to die mwahahahahaha. Definitely progress. And whatever else people may say of you Sanjib you sound 100% Manipuri to me.

    A serious answer would be to utilize Occam’s razor entia non multiplicanda prater necessitatem. Another serious answer would be we can’t know for certain. I could be a spy agent. So you could you or we could both be extraterrestrials but that’s from a different film genre and also contraindicated by William of Occam’s reasoning.

    And unless I really messed up my attempt at meiteilon I was trying to ask if anyone knew how I could get a copy of either Primrose or Pettigrew’s Manipuri Grammars. Not had much luck at Paonam Bazaar. I wasn’t sending a secret code to activate the death star. Although I might have been and that could be a bluff.

    • Dear Desmond Coutinho,
      As u suggest Occam’s razor, let me put it straight without further multiplication of entities. Your hypothesis is true. I am 100 % Manipuri living outside manipur for the last decade. And, again, as a person born and brought up in Imphal, I understood the problems as a result by AFSPA (I expressed my view in the article “Silence is Gold?” webcasted in both kanglaonline and e-pao ). I myself had experienced the excesses of security forces when I was living there.
      I don’t want to assume that u r a spy and even I am not going to accept many of ur claims regarding ur interest to settle with the Lady of manipur after AFSPA is repealed unless I see it in reality.
      Anyway, if your claims are authentic regarding your closeness with the said Manipuri lady, then I pray that you get to live a peaceful and happy life with her in Imphal and may God grant ur wish as soon as possible so that people of Manipur can live with true democratic value. I will say, if ur wish is granted, then people of Manipur will be lucky.

      As for Manipuri grammer, u can visit Manipur central library near Guv’s bunglow.

  4. Meitei Lon Tamningi. Nuntingi kanna kanna paosi. Eigi Lairiksi ani. Yashawanta Singh Descriptive Grammar Gouro Singh Phrase book. Chanbinduna Primrose Grammar or Pettigrew Grammar eingonda pibiyu yamnam tamani.

  5. It is impossible to understand a culture or community by reading. Leaving aside what the dance should be called some people think if you call it a jagoi it suddenly takes on an ancient mystic tradition steeped in the lake the valley and the hills. I’ve glanced at the reports from some of the Manipuri yutes. It reminds me of the now defunct service of Benediction for the Southern Irish. This was a closed superstitious community with very strict parents, the land had been conquered by foreigners and their troops patrolled and forced the people to bow the knee to insolent might. Yet everyone secretly believed they were born of the stock of the high kings of Connaught.

    If you wore the British Army Uniform you could do what you pleased in Eire; no soldier was ever brought to trial. But the British Army was forced out of the island. Justice and the Will of the People always prevails.

    The young weren’t allowed to go a-courting. Parents want to protect their young. But they did allow them leave to go to Benediction services. They’d be adults at the back of the Hall. Though when I got to know the elderly community they tended to think of this young generation as a bunch of wimps.

    The young generation always thinks that it has invented sex music dance and mood altering chemicals. And the current kalijug never compares with the lost golden age of granny. A hundred rupees vouches that recall but will not tell of Thabal Chongpa parties that involve breaking the backs of several tigers, driving off a rabid bear, saving their loved one from passing dacoits and never once losing their place in the dance. Whereas the best this generation comes up with is, I had so much fun I only returned by 1.30am and had to some household chores later, sounds like you need more sleep young man, hey I lived a sheltered life too I am just saying is all.

    Personally if I were a parent I’d be far more worried about sending my child to a science or social sciences seminar to discuss moral solutions to yeah yeah with some of the yutes who post on line. Old people are old they aren’t stupid. I don’t have children and the neo-fascists of Manipur seem incapable of organizing even their own thoughts so there’s no need to worry unduly.

    This year I intend to dance Thabal Chongba with the one whom my soul loveth. And when I live here with Irom Sharmila it doesn’t matter whether you call it Manipur Kangla or Ruritania, people harp on about phantasy pasts because they are too afraid to live in the present. The moral revolution needed in Manipur is that you must believe that there is some decency some good that still exists among the people here and that it is worth struggling for. Most of you who post aren’t living in Manipur. If you want to know the ground reality ask me I am a foreigner but I am here. Why return if all you intend to do is fall in line with those who are destroying this country. The first thing you will notice is how ugly and hateful the land is to you. You forget when you live anywhere else.

    So well done to Pune for celebrating life. And on one level it was a family gathering supervised and planned by caring adults. We elderly call them hormones but that too is nature desperately trying to celebrate life. At my age sure I’d like to warn people don’t hurt others when you claim to act out of love. But if you won’t listen to your own, and they didn’t at your age, you certainly won’t listen to a foreigner.

    My plan is simple. Once AF(SP)A is repealed is I live here with my wife. Yes a Meitei woman of full age gets to choose whom she prefers to marry. And for some of you there’s a shocking revolutionary idea there already. But wait for it.

    We do not pay protection money, no bribes, and we do not fall in line with those your bought local press laud and praise as your political leaders, wannabe political saviours, Human Rights Activists, NGO Managers, and war heroes. Notice the common denominator. None of them make anything. They have no useful skills or talents. They do not contribute to the economy and yet they all get very rich by telling everyone else what to do in their private club. They can’t dance. They can’t sing. They need others to live. Nobody needs them for anything.

    So that’s the plan. Once we show you kids how it’s done. You follow the old timers hmm. I assume Kangla called for a foreigner because all the Manipuri men prefer to sell out pay bribes and prop up the system destroying the land. If you can’t join them beat them I say. I am not asking anyone else to make the first move. Just watch and learn. You can’t kill a buddhist for long. That’s why we laugh when we die.

    • Dear @ Desmond Coutinho,

      You rightly said
      “It is impossible to understand a culture or community by reading”

      And for me, even it is hard to understand a person by his or her writing. Forget about me (of course, I need some more sleep after thabal party then), you or some people posting comments here. Even, Novel laureate like Sir Naipaul, he turned out to be wife beater, and by his confession, he was responsible for the death of his wife.
      Salman Rushdie: again whom I will call a person who lost his mind after his young wife Padma Laksmi ditched him.
      I don’t knw u but u seem to be from western country somewhere may be from UK (I may be totally wrong again). Well, u keep talking about settling in Manipur after AFSPA with a manipuri lady. And yes, Manipuri women has the right to choose her life partner.

      But, my point is how authentic are you with all ur claim (Forgive me gentleman, u r not obliged to answer me)? Of course, I have full right to doubt ur authenticity. Just, writing in the blog is not sufficient and why should I trust that u are a person who care a lady who has given her life for the right of the people of Manilpur?
      Why shouldn’t I think that u are some spy agent who try to provoke people of Manipur with all ur claims of being ANTI AFSPA and marrying the respected manipuri lady?


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