IMPHAL, Dec 5 - Manipur�s titular king and Rajya Sabha member Leishemba Sanajaoba today stated that the Government of India has agreed to recognise Manipuri as one of the classical languages of India on condition that it fulfils four eligibility criteria. Speaking at a felicitation function here, MP Sanajaoba stated that the Manipur Government has already constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to fulfil the criteria stipulated for attaining the classical language status.
Along with Sanajaoba, MP RK Ranjan was also felicitated on being elected to the Lok Sabha. Premananda Sharma and artist Nabachandra Sharma were felicitated on being appointed as the OSD, Government of Manipur, and a nominee of the Government of India in the General Council of the Sangeet Natak Akademi respectively, by the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy (JNMDA) here. In his speech, MP RK Ranjan Singh offered all possible assistance towards promoting Manipur�s indigenous arts and culture and its listing in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Ranjan Singh also assured the JNMDA authorities of necessary support for modernisation and exposure of Manipur�s rich performing arts to international audiences.
Premananda Sharma and Nabachandra Sharma also spoke in the function, which was attended by the faculty members and staff of the JNMDA.