Sangai festival

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Sangai festival is an annual cultural festival organised by Manipur Tourism Department every year from 21 to 30 November.[1] Even though many editions of this Festival has been celebrated over the past few years with the name of Tourism Festival, since 2010 this has been renamed as the Sangai Festival to stage the uniqueness of the shy and gentle brow-antlered deer popularly known as the Sangai Deer, which is the state animal of Manipur. As this festival is being celebrated to promote Manipur as a world class tourism destination, it showcases the states contributions to art and culture, handloom, handicrafts, fine arts, indigenous sports, cuisine, music, eco and adventure sports, as well as the natural environment.[2]

Festival locations[edit]

Since 2017 onwards Sangai Festival events have been held at several different places:

Hapta Kangjeibung and Bheigyachandra Open Air Theatre (BOAT)[edit]

  • Main venue of the 10 day long extravaganza.
  • Cultural Programmes are presented at (BOAT).
  • Food Court
  • Heritage Park
  • Closing ceremony

Loktak Lake[edit]

Loktak Lake
Loktak lake

The principal attraction of the state is the Loktak Lake in Bishnupur District which is 48 km from Imphal City and it is the largest fresh water lake in the North–East India. It is a stretch of water resembling a miniature inland sea. Visitors can catch a bird’s eye view of the lake from Sendra. Fishermen living in floating islands called Phumdis in floating huts known as Phumsangs are sights of this lake. The Sendra Tourist Home with an attached cafeteria is a tourist spot. Boating and other water sports are organised here at Takmu Water Sports Complex.

Keibul Lamjao National Park[edit]

The only floating National Park in the world,[citation needed] the Keibul Lamjao National Park located on the Loktak Lake is the last natural habitat of the "Sangai" (Rucervus eldii eldii), the dancing deer of Manipur. Other wildlife to be seen include: hog deer, otter, water fowl and migratory birds, the latter usually sighted during November to March. The Forest Department of Manipur maintains watch towers and two rest houses within the park.

The Return of Sangai, the documentary on Sangai, endemic to Keibul Lamjao National Park was released by the forest department of Manipur during the Sangai Festival 2017.[3]

Sangai at the park

INA Memorial at Moirang[edit]

This town in Bishnupur District of Moirang has a place in the history of India’s Freedom Struggle. It was at Moirang that the flag of the Indian National Army was first unfurled on 14 April 1944. The INA Museum which has a collection of letters, photographs, badges of ranks and other war memorabilia reminds the visitors of the sacrifices made by the INA soldiers under the leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Manipur Sangai Festival Concludes". Northeast Today. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Why Manipur Sangai Festival". Sangai festival - Department of Tourism. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Forest Dept makes first documentary on Sangai". The Sangai Express. 1 May 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.