Late Guru Shri M. Amubi Singh

Guru Shri M. Amubi Singh was the head of the Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academi, Imphal, Manipur. He was the senior most Guru among the Gurus of Manipuri dance. He had the unique honour of being the first recipients of the Sangeet Natak Academi Award in 1956 for Manipuri dancing. He was also awarded Padmashree in 1970. Under his inspiration and guidance the Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academi flourished. He was one of the finest exponents of Manipuri dance. He was one of the few men capable of bringing about a proper adjustment of the various trends in Manipur dance.


Padmashree Pandit N. Khelchandra Singh

Padmashree Pandit Khelchandra Singh was born on 1 September 1920, at Uripok Nigthuokhongiam Laikai, Imphal. He is one of the living authorities on ancient Manipuri literature and culture whose contribution to Indian literature is pivotal. He acquired knowledge at a very young age from many renowned Gurus and Pandits including Pandit Deva Singh. He joined the Manipur Secretariat Service at a young age and retired as Under Secretary, Government of Manipur. After retirement he guided many research scholars and served as visiting Fellow of Manipuri language and literature at the Nehru Centre of Post Graduate Studies, Imphal. During his entire career, Pandit N. Khelchandra Singh has been associated with several literary and cultural institutions in Manipur and has visited many places in India as an exponent of Manipuri culture. He now has more than 30 publications to his credit. He has today assumed the role of a living archive and legend on Manipuri literature and culture. Due to his unquestionable eminence as a writer and scholar. the Sãhitya Academi, Delhi conferred its highest honour of Fellowship on him. In March 2007, Sangeet Natak Akademi’s “Ratna” (Fellowship) was conferred upon him by the then President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.


Late Guru Shri H. Atomba Singh

Guru Shri H. Atomba Singh was a renowned dance teacher who had the honour of teaching at Shantiniketan at the invitation of Rabindranath Tagore, who also awarded him a gold medal. He received the Sangeet Natak Academi Award in 1967 and was on the staff of the Jawaharlal Nehru Dance Academi.