Thokchom Brindashabi Devi
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Thokchom Brindashabi Devi
Thokchom Brindashabi Devi

Thokchom Brindashabi Devi
Sangeet Natak Awardee (Ckmiangalila), 2007
President. The All Manipur Gourangalila & Sansenba Artists Association, Imphal, Manipur

Address : Thangmeiband Hijam Dewan Leikai
Date of birth : 31th March 1934.
Expired on : 10th June 2018
Father's name : (Late) Thokchom Chaobi Singh
Mother's name : (Late) Thokchom (Ongbi) Atolshija Devi
P.O/ P.S : Lamphel,Imphal
District State : Imphal West Manipur - 795004
Educational Qualification : Studied upto eight standards.

Designation :

o Visiting Guru J.N. Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. (In the field of Gouranggalila and Sansenba).
o External Examiner, Department of Dance (Manipur), Manipur University.
o President and the Founder of "The All Manipur Gouranggalila & Sansenba Artists Association", Imphal.
o Associated with many Cultural Organisations as an Expert and Consultant since last five decades.
o Imparted trainings and knowledges in the fiels of Gouranggalila, Krishna Lecla. Monohar Shai, Nimai Sanyas. Nata - Sankritan. Khubak Eshei, Vashak and many Uparasa to the young students and Scholars. And also recognized as an expert of the mentioned fields by the Cultural Organisations and Govt. Agengies.

Education in the field of Arts:

o At the age of 4 '/2 years, started learning Sansenba and Khubak-Eshei under the feet's of my Adi-Guru Shri (Late) Khoirom Anganghal Singh, Lalambung Makhong. Khoirom Leikai, Imphal.

o During the period of 2nd World War, where there is a strict restriction on girl's education, start getting the light of education under the guidance of Guru Shri (Late) Laimayum Baliahari Sharma. And also learnt Gouranggalila under guru Shri (Late) Sagolsem Tomchou Singh.

o Under guru Shri (Late) Khoirom Gouramani Singh and (Late) Puinabati Devi of Phomlou learnt Khubak Eshei, Pas-khela (Radha).

o Under gurus Shri (Late) Nage Singh Khongngampat and Shri (Late) Thokchom Iboton Singh, Khamaran learnt Nat - Sankritan (Sheihek - Seida)

o At the age of 13 years, "Mathura Biraho" (Pash - Khela), organised by Guru (Late) Sagolsem Ibomcha Singh and (Late) Irungbam Tolangou Singh, was played at Kalimai Mandop, Yaiskul as Brinda at the presence of Maharaja Bhudhachandra. At the end of the play Maharaja Bhudhachandra gave the name "Brindashabi" instead of the birth name Thokchom Ibctombi Devi. From that day Thokchom Ibetombi Devi is not being called and came to be known by the name Thokchom Brindashabi Devi.

o Shri (Late) Sorokhaibam Paka Singh, Uripok - Nata - Sankritan (Khubak - Eshei)

o Shri (Late) Amakcham Lokhon Singh - Bashok

o Under the guru Shri (Late) Ngangom Jugindro Singh learnt Monohar Shai, Gouranggalila, Mama Sabi etc. Most of the knowledge, ideas, and achievements of the life are achieved and learnt from him. All the books that have been published and being under progress are all possible because of the knowledge given by him.

o Shri (Late) Elangbam Gulapi Singh, Elang Leikai - Nata Sankritan

o Shri (Late) Akham Tomba Singh - Diva Ras

o Shri (Late) Konjengbam Toyaima Singh, Sagolband - Nata Sankritan (Gostha-Icela)

o Shri (Late) Thakudon Sharma and Ibetombi Devi, Kwakeithel - Basanta Ras

o Shri (Late) Oja Tomboi Singh. Tera Bazar - Nata Sankritan Chakthong Pareng

o Shri (Late) Yumnam Parijat Singh, Sagolband - Nata - Sankritan (Seihek - Seida)

o Shri (Late) Oja Ningthemjao Singh, Keisampat - Drama

o Smt. (Late) Oja Muhini, Govordhon Achouba - Modhumata, Eshei

o Smt. (Late) Oia Mongjam Subadani Devi,

o Smt. (Late)Oja Ibetombi (Ibemma), Narshing - Gouranggalila, Sansenba, Leela, Abhinoi (Art and Acting)

Tours and Programs

o Presented many programs on Gouranggalila and Krishnaleela like Gostha-leela. Udukhol. Kangsa Bodha etc as Sachi, Jasoda and Devaki.

o Participated in the "Paramparik Natya Samaroh" organised by Sangeet Natak Academy. New Delhi at Imphal. April 2003 and presented "Gouranggalila" in the festival which was appreciated by all the art covers in general and observers in particular.

o Presented programs on Gouranggalila, Krishnaleela, Monohar Shai, Nimai Sanyas and other programs at Doordarshan Kendra and All India Radio Guwahati and Manipur.

o Participated in many festivals of Gouranggalila, Krishnalila, Nata - Sankritan etc. in Various places of Manipur and at other places of India.

o Visited Cachar, West Bengal, Brindavan, Nabadwip etc. to propagate Gouranggalila. Krishnaleela since the last 5 decades.

o Participate "Natya Mela". 2000 at Kalakshetra, Guwahati organised by Sangeet Natak Academy, North East Centre and performed Gouranggalila.

o Participate "19th Manipuri Maharaj Jatra Utsap", 2013 at Panchashri Komalpur Dholai district. Tripura and performed Gouranggalila.

o Participate "OCTAVE (Purbattar Mela - Glimpses of North East)", Bihar, 2014 organised Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India and performed.

o Participated in "Srijani Utsav", 2014 organised by Eastern Zonal Cultural Organisation at Srijani, Santiniketan and performed Nupa Pala and Sumudra Poton. And also peformed Samudra Poton at Rampurhat, West Bengal.

o Panicipate "Bharat Lok Prav", 2015, Kalakshetra, Guwahati organised by Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre. Ministry of Culture, Govt. Of India and performed

o Participate the 214th, 215th and 216th Death Anniversary of Rajarshi Bhagyachandra 2012, 2013, 2014 organised by Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Cultural Foundation, Nabadwip and performed Gouranggalila on all the anniversaries.

o Some of the workshop - cum - production of the programs organised by The All Manipur Gouranggalila & Sansenba Artist Association under the financial assistance of Sangeet Natak Academy. New Delhi are as follow:
Since 2008

a) 2008 - Gostha - leela
b) 2009 - Udukhol
c) 2010 - Gouranggalila
d) 2011 - Udukhol
e) 2012 - Kangsha Bodha (June) and Devaki Bibhaha (October)
(f) 2013 - Sachi Bilap
g) 2014 - Samudra Poton and Nupa Pala
h) 2015 - Diva - Ras, Govordhon Dharan and Nupa Pala
i) 2016 - Dhenukasura Bodha
j) 2017 - Gouranggalila, Nupa Pala

As a writer:

o Published a comprehensive book named "MANIPUR GOURANGGLILA" It is prescribed as a Text Book at J.N. Manipur Dance Academy, Manipur.

o Published a religious book entitled "Udukhol and Gostha - Leela" Prescribed as a Text Book at J.N. Manipur Dance Academy, Manipur.

Awards and Certificates:

o Certificate of Honour and Medal from All Manipur Rashleela Sanmclan. Bhagyachandra Nritya Kala Mandir, 1983.
o Certificate of Honour and Medal from Bhakti - Vedanta Institute, ISCKON Manipur. 1987.
o Manipur State Kala Academy Award. 1989 for the contribution in the field of Gouranggalila and Krishnaleela.
o Certificate of Honour from State Government on 26th January 1991 as an artiste of Gouranggalila.
o A recognition certificate as "Sachi" of Gouranggalila by Nabadwip Shri Shri Anumahaprabhu Seba Samity, Nada. West Bengal. 1998.
o Natya Bhusan from Manipur Sahitya Parishad, Imphal. 1999.
o Certificate of Honour from Manipur Monohar Shai Sabha. 2000.
o Sangeet Natak Award, 2007.
o Bharatiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi Award, 2009.
o Certificate of Honour for Excellent in the field of Gouranggalila, Krishna Leela from Thangmeiband Assembly Constituency Development Forum, Imphal 2006-07.
o Manipur Sahitya Parisat: Guru Meisnam Amubi Samman, 2012.
o Certificate of Honour from Manipuri Maharasa Organisation Committee Panchasi, Kamalpur, Dhalai, Tripura, 2013.
o Kala Kshetra Guru Award. 2013.
o Certificate of participation on BHARAT LOK PARV organised by Eastern Zonal Cultural Center, Kolkata, 2015.
o Maipaksana Sanahal Manipuri Jagoi Lifetime Award. 2017
o Guru Sagolsem Kalidamon Singh Ningshing Award, 2017
o Ngangoin Bhanumati Devi Memorial Award Lifetime Achievement in Manoharsai, 2018

As a writer:

o Published a comprehensive book named "MANIPLR GOURANGGLILA" It
is prescribed as a Text Book at J.N. Manipur Dance Academy, Manipur.
o Published a religious book entitled "Udukhol and Gostha Leela Prescribed as a Text Book at J.N. Manipur Dance Academy. Manipur.
o To be published - Mathura Biraha

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