@ Vikas Sharma | Sr Journalist
Imphal: The Giving Tree in association with Spirit Adventure have announced KUMNOU, a brand new one-day annual event that will take place in Imphal, Manipur on 22nd March 2019 at Hapta Kanjeibung. This will be the first edition of KUMNOU which will bring together a diverse talent from the world of music, food and art to celebrate the arrival of spring.
KUMNOU which literally means ‘New Year’ in Meiteilon, the official language of the state of Manipur, will be an annual event celebrating and welcoming spring while also receiving the constant changes happening around the world in a positive light. Scheduled to take place on the second day of Yaoshang(Holi), KUMNOU will have eclectic food offerings along with the best of music and artworks under one roof for a never like before experience where people from all walks of life can come together and connect.
The event will have the most diverse line-up of artists from different corners of country. Kumnou will also celebrate the first ever acoustic performance of Soulmate, one of the best blues rock band from Shillong. Besides Soulmate, KUMNOU will have headliners like Kutumba (Instrumental folk band from Nepal) MC Kaur, Pulpy Shilpy performing alongside talents like Songs of Khamasom, Siyom Ensemble, Mangka (Laihui), Heeyairen Thokchom and many more. KUMNOU will also see graffiti wall art and art installation from artist representing the celebration of spring at the event which will be a fascinating experience for all the art lovers planning to be part of the festival.
The event will be directed by Oja Mangangsana Mayanglambam, Founder of Laihui Ensemble who said, “KUMNOU as the name suggest will be a true celebration of the springtime and the awaking performance of the nature as well as the demonstration of the coming together of deep rooted tradition and modern culture.”
“With the much awaited spring season upon us, it is that time of the year when we see a new cycle of life everywhere around us. The event will be a representation of the new Manipur where people from across the world will get to experience and connect with each other breaking all the barriers that has been there. We cannot think of a better way for people of Manipur to celebrate spring. KUMNOU will be showcasing the beauty of Manipur during the best season and sharing an experience of the transformed and renewed Manipur,” said Bobby Laishram, Founder of The Giving Tree who is organising the event with Spirit Adventure.
The event which will showcase the diverse art and culture of Manipur and India also look at promoting tourism in Manipur, KUMNOU which is scheduled during the festive season is expected to attract tourist from different parts of the country and abroad while helping in the growth of the local economy