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Monday, February 18, 2019

Overboard 2018

The first ever longboard skateboarding competition in India.
Reviewed & written by Lukhendro Keisham

Official poster for Overboard 2018
          Overboard 2018 was the first ever longboard skateboarding championship in India. The competition is a part of Tanglei Festival 2018 by Oinam Sports Association. Acknowledged by My Life On Board, a premier web media site for board riders based in Philippines the Oveboard 2018 was organized in association with Longboard Crew India's Manipur Wing. The Tanglei Festival as a whole was a multiple days socio - cultural extravagance held at Oinam promoting the local trend and culture in the name of Ibudhou Tangleibung, the local deity of Oinam.

Basica Salam, first female longboarder of India.
          With participants from Quebec (Canada), Mumbai (India) and Manipur (India) the riders competed in two competitive disciplines namely Downhill Race and Push Race. Though planned for 4th March, 2018 the Downhill Race was held on 5th March, 2018 at Waroiching. At the competition Nicolas Kielback, Khaba Maimon and Sanathoi Angom bagged the first, second and third position respectively whereas Ibomcha Oinam was rewarded with the outstanding performance award. The Push Race competition was conducted on 6th March, 2018 at Leimaram Road. Due to the  unavailability of favourable road stretch the race was set as relay push race with the participants divided into two teams of 6 (six) riders each. The team consisting of Boris Nongthomba, Sanathoi Angom, Basica Salam, Bikash Huidrom, Pilot Longjam and Vivek Moirangthem bagged the winner's tittle whereas the team consisting of Nicolas Kielback, Khaba Maimom, Antima Bisht, Ruben Wahengbam, Saymond Angom and Rajiankung Gonmei bagged the runner-up's tittle. Nikhil Bhonsale of LCI Mumbai Wing was the race director of all the competition of Overboard 2018.

Nicolas Kielback from Qu├ębec, Canada.
          The Overboard 2018 was an all self volunteered event by Oinam Sports Association and LCI Manipur Wing. In terms of idea, financial needs, promotion and execution the entire Overboard 2018 was a product of the two. Rigorous recce sessions were carried out during the month of January, 2018 to find the perfect longboarding stretch here in Manipur. Various promotional activities including poster campaign, bike rides, environmental campaign and cleanliness drives were carried out in various places of Manipur before the event dates. With very limited experiences and resources Overboard 2018 was one of the most challenging event of Tanglei Festival 2018.

Downhill Race at Wariching
          Though agreed and confirmed few of the sponsors did not turn up to support the events both in-kind and financially due to which the organizers had to face extra workloads to fulfill the promises. It was the strong unity and commitment of the organizers all events of Overboard 2018 was successfully conducted to term it the first ever longboard skateboarding competition in India.

Downhill Race Day
          The organizing volunteers thanked Xavia Racing for sponsoring the gears, My Life On Board for acknowledging the competition, Kumhei.com and Imphal Free Press for promoting the events in their respective media channels, Lumen World for all the printing works, Royal Motors for all the event related rides and campaigns, Club Muzik Events for designing the entire Overboard 2018 and Oinam Sports Association for organizing the Overboard 2018 as a whole. Special thanks goes to Mr. Radhakishore Laishram, Member of Legislative Assembly of Manipur from Oinam Assembly Constituency who helped and supported in newly blacktopping the Waroiching stretch of the road from Leimaram to Sadu Chiru exclusively for Overboard 2018.

Push Race Day

Push Race

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Reunion 2018 at Baruni Chingkhong

          An online massaging platform that brought us together as ReUnion, is a Whatsapp group where we bring our friends and introduce them to other friends. Here we share news and updates from around including our personal experiences. We chat openly and reach out for knowledge and help if there was anyone in the group of the needful expertise. We may be a musicians, businessmen, photographers or professionals in our real world but here we are a bunch of people who always a have a moment for our virtual friends. Created by Mr. Ithoiba Potshangbam on 16th July, 2014 the ReUnion is a daily dose of reality on our smartphones.

          With an aim to make ourselves felt in the real word we had a picnic on 22nd July, 2018 at a farm house on the foothill of Baruni Ching. This was the second time such a gathering was held for ReUnion. A calm and scenic place the farm house on the foothill of Baruni Ching was. A stream that flows beside the farm, a pond full of blooming lotus, the cloud covered hills at the back and lust green extends on all sides makes it a perfect paradise to hold our breath away from our usual daily crowd. A feeling runs through our mind that we are among the very early persons to picnic at these spots. Down the line in near future more people will throng this place once the surrounding private properties are well developed.

A pond filled with blooming lotus.
          While foods were being prepared the day started with a self introductory session. Later it was food, party and musicals till the end. The musician members arranged for the musical instruments and a basic sound systems. From original compositions to covers it was a surprise to see many ReUnionards present a song each. One special moment was the members sharing their concern to do something for the society though whatever small contribution they might be.

          May not be annually but the group plans to bring back such gathering whenever they can. To meet each other for the very first time, to seat and talk face to face, hang out and share some time in reality certainly makes us believe that we will be real flash and bone during the time of needs.

          The ReUnion still doesn't have a particular directional point of concentration but the members decided to come up with something in future. For now the friendship we made through this online platform, some of them will sure last for the rest of our lives. Most appreciation goes to all those members who had worked hard to make the ReUnion Meet 2018 a reality. From shoppers to cooks, programme conductors, photographers, printings, sound system arrangements, musical instruments, tent house hiring, transportation, financial contributors, venue and all those unseen factors that goes into to make it happen needs appreciation from all the members.

          Until next we are back to our smartphones again. But never to settle the dust that its going to be the fifth anniversary year of ReUnion next.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

27th Death Anniversary of Keisham Bira Singh

          For the second  consecutive year the public observation of the death anniversary of Keisham Bira Singh was observed on 16th August, 2018 at the residence of the decease at Oinam Mamang Leikai. Earlier in many years the observation of the departure of K. Bira Singh was entrusted to K. Bira Singh Memorial Trust. Apart from observing the death anniversary they also organized state level football, volleyball and kabaddi tournaments every year in memory of the departed here in Oinam. While we the family observes it every year religiously we are recreating the public observation since 2017 again.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Heartbreak at Ukhrul: Unfolding ShiRock 2018

Heartbreak At Ukhrul
U n f o l d i n g    S h i R o c k    2 0 1 8
Written by Lukhendro Keisham

This photograph is the prove of how up closed you can get during Shirock 2018 from the crowd to
the restricted area. The photograph is in its original and non of the image is edited or altered.
No zoom is used, date and time of clicking this photograph is 4/28/18 at 11:12 pm.
          Gone are days when we had to listen to music available only on cassette tapes that we possessed, or wait for some random lyrics with guitar chords to be featured in some monthly magazine. Gone are the days about the endless discussions and gossips of Woodstock videos as no one cares about the “western music” programme broadcasted on All India Radio (AIR) these days. The truth is that no one really cares about the past glories and memories except for praising or degrading what we had gained. We no longer limit ourselves to friends and elders to explore new music or artistes. The culture of music has been constantly evolving and if the trend continues, we could see many more golden eras of music to come. It is when we get stuck in the past for too long and fall short to accept the streaming generation that we sometimes find ourselves with conflicting views.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Shirui Festival 2018

Shirock 2018 main-stage at Bakshi Ground, Ukhrul.
          Visited Ukhrul town for the first time on opening day of Shirui Festival 2018 on 24th April. We started late from home so we reach the venue at dark after three hours drive from Imphal. All took a break at a temporary roadside food stall before reaching Litan. We were Akash Keisham, Ibomcha Oinam, Chandra Irengbam, Shyamsundar Nameirakpam, Rajeshkumar Nongthombam, Ithoiba Potshangbam and me, Lukhendro Keisham.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Annual Indane LPG Distributors Convention 2016-17 at Spring Valley Resort

          I was at Guwahati with one of my bestie Shyamsunder Nameirakpam for the Annual Indane LPG Distributors Convention 2016-17 on 23rd February, 2018. The convention was held at Spring Valley Resort, Sonapur and as the name suggest was an isolated scenic place with greenery prefect for holiday and naturalistic life. We represent Oinam Tanglei Indane Gramin Vitrak at the convention. Popularly known as Tanglei Gas it is the the only LGP distributor in Oinam, Bishnupur District, Manipur.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

To Lakhipur With A Purpose

          I was preparing for Tanglei Festival 2018 since the 2017's edition of the festival ended. Along with a team of young, committed and risk takers we were burning all possible lamps and oils to make the third edition of the festival by Oinam Sports Association as grand as we could in the name of Ibudhou Tangleibung, the village deity of Oinam. But after all the preparations and tight schedules I had to drop to attain an after wedding ceremony for one of my besties, Mr. Sandeep Kongjengbam Singh. The blessing is Tanglei Festival was postponed from 4th February to 2nd of March, 2018 and I had my chance to attain the ceremony.