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Kangla Fort to have light and sound show soon

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, July 7 - The historic Kangla Fort in Imphal will have a light and sound show as in other historical sites across the country.

The Superintendent of Archeology, Kangla Fort, K Dinamani said this at a media interaction here on Thursday. Necessary steps will be taken up soon to implement the scheme, he said.

�State PWD will be taking up the construction works of the proposed project,� said Dinamani. �We are expecting the ground work to be completed in two or three months�, he added.

Expressing the need to take up archeological activities at Chingkhei Pukhuri by using ground penetrating radar system inside Kangla, Dinamani admitted the department�s inability to take up certain archeological activities inside the historic Kangla Fort due to paucity of funds. Manipur has 59 historical monuments.

Participating in the interaction, Dr K Sushila, Director of Arts and Culture informed that steps are on to begin the first session of the Culture University and State Film Institute from next month.

The first academic session for the graduate courses in music, dance and theatre are expected to begin at its temporary campus at Cultural Complex at Palace Gate in Imphal from August next, Dr Sushila said. Prof N Khagendra and Longjam Joychandra have already been appointed as Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the University.

The State Film Institute will also be started soon, she said adding that the State Government has identified Kouruk in Imphal West district and Chingkhu, Khundrakpam in Imphal East district as the permanent sites for the Culture University and Film Institute.

Responding to questions, the Arts and Culture Director informed that culture and film policies of the State will be announced once the ongoing consultations are completed. However, she failed to give any tentative time frame for its introduction.

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