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All India Radio glitters at the 2nd ABU Radio Song Festival in Colombo

Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union organised the finale of its 2nd ABU Radio Song Festival on 23rd May, 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka where All India Radio’s folk singer Miss Mangka Mayanglambam, mesmerised the captive audience of more than 1000 invitees with her lilting performance in the Stein TV Studios, Colombo.

ABU Radio Song Festival aims to showcase and recognise the diverse, undiscovered musical talents of member nations within Asia and the Pacific regions. ABU had invited entries of amateur unsigned talents in this regard from its member organisations. All India Radio’s entry “Tamla Loibi Napom….” (Stylised Folk), in Manipuri language titled Enchanting Valley, featuring Miss Mangka Mayanglambam was the one selected for finals among others from Australia, Brunei, India, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Miss Mangka Mayanglambam, aged 17 years is a Folk Singer from Manipur, in North-eastern India. At her tender age, she acquired her basic knowledge of Folk Music from her father Mangangsana, a Manipuri well known traditional Pena performer. At the age of 9, she started learning Moirang Sai and Basok (a rare folk performing art form of Manipur, which are performed only by female) from Guru Langathel Thoinu. She had also learned Hindustani Sangeet from late Guru Mairembam Jiten Singh and currently learning three years Manipuri Dance at Government Dance College Imphal, Manipur. She has also received the National Talent Scholarship from CCRT, New Delhi in the field of Folk Song. She has been performing actively with Laihui Ensemble, a cultural troupe in Imphal.

In her show at the ABU Song festival , Miss Mangka was accompanied by:
1. Sh. Konthoujam Ratan Singh : Meitei Pung Percussionist
2. Sh. Laishram Prithibiraj Singh : Toudri/Flute player
3. Sh. Mayanglambam Mangangsana Meitei : Pena player
4. Sh. Ngangom Michael Singh : Percussionist & Effects
5. Sh. Loitongbam Sunil Singh : Guitarist

The delegation was led by Sh. Y. P. Singh, Programme Executive, Directorate General, All India Radio, New Delhi. Ms.Bijaya Yumlembam, Programme Executive, AIR, Imphal accompanied the troupe as an interpreter.

Miss Mangka’s performance in the festival was appreciated by one and all among the audience. In recognition to her fantastic performance, she was felicitated by the organisers. There were no winners in this festival. According to ABU’s Senior Executive Radio Programming, Ms Vijay Sadhu, the audience and viewers were presented with “an exquisite offering of songs of various genres coupled with a brilliant production”.
The show was co-hosted by ABU and Sri Lankan media group Capital Maharaja, the owners of Stein Studios, Colombo. The gala evening was streamed live.

On her return from Colombo after a great performance, Miss Mangka was given a warm reception at the airport in Imphal by her friends. She was also felicitated by Mr. M. Kanan Kumar Singh, Station Director, AIR, Imphal. All senior officials of AIR and Prasar Bharati also congratulated the troupe for their excellent performance in the festival.