Manipur is famous for making bamboo bows and arrows. Manipur is believed to have the best bamboos in India for making high quality bows and arrows. The state is also known for having some of the finest archers of India as well and the world. Manipur has produced many national, asian and world championships medalists and champions.
Meet Mutum Basanta Meitei who was once an archer. He won several medals in his sporting career. He wanted to be a successful archer but faced several problems due to poverty. He could not buy archery equipment easily during his playing days. But, realising the fine bamboos of Manipur and talents of Manipuri archers, he wanted to contribute to Manipur and Indian archery in some way. He wanted to make archery equipment and supply at reasonable prices with best possible quality to those people who could not buy equipment easily.
His bamboo archery equipment is meant for bamboo archery and Indian round archery. The Archery Association of India (AAI) has been promoting bamboo bows (also known as Indian round competition) by conducting National championships at senior, junior and sub-junior levels – and restricting archers to using bamboo bows only. This tactic has helped popularize archery among common people in India and many earn jobs in various institutions such as Services, Railways, Central Reserve Police Force, Assam Rifles and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
His equipments are very popular across India. Most of his product orders come from different states, schools, colleges and sports institutions of India. Orders are also coming from different countries of the world. “The demand is huge since the bamboos found in Manipur are very fine and available at cheap prices”, says Basanta.
“The idea was to provide the best and affordable bamboo archery products and equipments. Being an archer in the past and born in a poor family i know the value of bows and arrows, so the idea was to enable the archery equipments available at the affordable price to all the archers with warranty with best possible quality. In the past, i got order from foreign country i.e. the USA. The customer from the USA expressed amazement to see my products and appreciated me a lot”, said Basanta.
Right now, i have been working with my men at my house. I have trained them and we are working together happily. As i still love archery, i sometimes teach archery at a club of my locality.