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Foreign models to light up ramp in Manipur

- Two-hour show in Imphal on April 27 to showcase state’s ethnic and exotic attire

Imphal, April 22: Manipuris have a weekend to look forward to, when foreign models will, for the first time, showcase the state’s exotic, ethnic outfits here in a show, Elegance of the Indigenous.

A majority of Manipuris hardly get a chance to see foreign models scorch the ramp as the popular ftv channel is not available in the package provided by local cable operators. Only a few who can afford satellite TV and subscribe to the channel are lucky to see them on the job.

However, this could soon be history, though only for two hours, when 11 foreign models from Brazil, Maldova, Russia and Ukraine will walk the ramp on April 27 at Imphal’s Bheighyachandra Open Air Theatre.

Four female and one male Manipuri models will also participate in the show. The event is organised by an Imphal-based fashion organisation, Blue Wings, with support from the state government.

Kh. Nishikanta, the event director, who will choreograph the fashion parade, said this was the first time that foreign models would be coming to Manipur, though well known models of the country had come in the past.

Goncalves Silva Patricia, a well-known Brazilian model, is among the foreign models who will participate. She has been a part of major fashion week programmes in Brazil.

“The main objective of the endeavour is to bring peace through its (Manipur’s) diversity, where the people, and the youth in particular, can get to know their cultural identity and the beauty hidden in it,” Nishikanta, the brains behind the show, said. The organisers also hope to promote Manipur’s traditional fabrics and patterns in the international fashion circuit to boost the state’s economy and designers.

Nishikanta organised the visit of the foreign models through three Delhi-based agencies. The models are already in India, taking part in various fashion events in various cities.

He said the organisers also hoped to provide a quality time to the people of Manipur. It will be a blend of fashion, music and cultural programmes within a span of 90 minutes.

The fashion parade would have four rounds. In the first round, models will showcase colourful ethnic apparel of the indigenous people in the hills. Another round will showcase bridal attires of the Meiteis. There would also be a round presenting patterns of indigenous attires in contemporary, western style. The organisers have selected three local designers for the apparel.

The Manipur tourism department, Manipur Development Society, Manipur Skill Development Society and Manipur AIDS Control Society are supporting the event as part of the state government’s efforts to promote tourism.