Aribam Syam Sharma
|Occupation||Film director, Singer, Music composer|
|Awards|| Golden Montgolfiere (1982)|
Padma Shri (2006)
V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
Kamal Kumari National Award (2009)
Jewel of Manipuri Cinema (2015)
Aribam Syam Sharma is an Indian film director and composer from Manipur in India. He debuted in the first Manipuri film Matamgi Manipur as an actor. In 1974, he directed his first movie Lamja Parshuram . It became the first Manipuri film to run for 100 days in the box office. His 1979 film Olangthagee Wangmadasoo was the first ever and the only Manipuri film to run for more than 25 weeks.The film ran for 32 weeks at the box office.
His fourth film as a director, Imagi Ningthem (My Son, My precious) brought him international recognition when the film received the Montgolfiere d' Or at the Festival of Three Continents, Nantes in 1982.
His 1990 film Ishanou (The Chosen One) was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival .
He was honoured with the Padmashri in 2006.But, he returned the award in February 2019 to protest against the Indian Government's decision to enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.
Syam Sharma was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 7th Manipur State Film Festival 2010. He was also conferred with the Jewel of Manipuri Cinema award on 14 May 2015 by the Film Forum of Manipur and the Manipur State Film Development Society.
|1972||Matamgi Manipur||Actor, Music Director||First Manipuri full-length feature film. Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 20th National Film Awards.|
|1974||Lamja Parshuram||Director, Music Director||His debut film as a director.|
|1976||Saaphabee||Director||Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 24th National Film Awards.|
|1979||Olangthagee Wangmadasoo||Director||Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 27th National Film Awards.|
|1981||Imagi Ningthem||Director, Music Director||First Indian film to win Grand Prix Award at Nantes. Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 29th National Film Awards.|
|1983||Paokhum Ama||Director||Screened at Tyneside International Film Festival, U.K.|
|1990||Ishanou||Director, Music Director||Screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the 1991 Cannes International Film Festival. Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 38th National Film Awards.|
|1995||Sanabi||Director, Music Director||Selected for Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt and IFFI. Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 43rd National Film Awards.|
|1998||Shingnaba||Director||Film on superstitions and beliefs in Manipur and HIV menace.|
|2000||Paari||Director||First Manipuri children film.|
|2003||Ashangba Nongjabi||Director, Producer, Music Director||Adapted from M. K. Binodini Devi's famous 1966 play of the same title.|
|2008||Crossroads||Director||Film on a group of friends and their aspirations to establish a rock band in Manipur.|
|2011||Miraang||Director||Based on Arambam Samarendra's play of the same title.|
|2012||Leipaklei||Director||Screened at Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea. Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 60th National Film Awards.|
|2013||Dasha||Director||Based on Arambam Samarendra's play of the same title.|
|2019||Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi||Music Director, Screenplay Writer, Director||Premiered at the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival as the Opening Film of the Indian Section.|
|1980||Sanaleibak Manipur||Director||Best Documentary Film in the Non-Feature category at the First Manipuri State Film Festival 1984.|
|1986||Tales of Courage||Director||Deals with the freedom struggle movement in Manipur, emphasising on the role of Manipuri women in the resistance against the British rule.|
|1988||Sangai: The Dancing Deer of Manipur||Director||Bagged five merit awards in the 12th International Wildlife Film Festival, Montana, U.S.A. Declared Outstanding Film of the Year by British Film Institute, London.|
|1988||Keibul Lamjao National Park||Director||Bagged the Best Documentary Film in 2nd Manipur State Film Awards 1994.|
|1988||Koro Kosii||Director||Participated in Indian Panorama of IFFI 1989. Screened at Indian Film Week, Hungary, 1989 and Bombay International Film Festival 1989.|
|1989||The Deer on the Lake||Director||National Film Award for Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film at the 37th National Film Awards.|
|1990||Indigenous Games of Manipur||Director||National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film at the 38th National Film Awards.|
|1991||Meitei Pung||Director||Special Mention Award at the 39th National Film Awards.|
|1992||Lai Haraoba||Director||Dwells into different aspects of the Lai Haraoba performances.|
|1993||Orchids of Manipur||Director||Best Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film at the 41st National Film Awards. Screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, Japan. Participated in International Wildlife Film Festival, Morocco, 1994.|
|1995||Yelhou Jagoi||Director||National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film at the 43rd National Film Awards. Screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, Japan.|
|1998||Loktak: The Dying Lake of Manipur||Director|
|1999||Thang-Ta: The Martial Art of Manipur||Director||National Film Award for Best Arts/Cultural Film at the 47th National Film Awards.|
|2001||The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh||Director||Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film at the 49th National Film Awards.|
|2002||M.K. Binodini||Director||Documents the life of the renowned writer M. K. Binodini Devi.|
|The Golden Hands||Director|
|Binodini: A Writer's Life||Director|
|2004||Neelamani: The Master Potter of Manipur||Director||Documents the life and achievements of the famous potter of Manipur Neelamani Devi.|
|2005||Guru Laimayum Thambalngoubi Devi||Director||National Film Award for Best Biographical Film at the 54th National Film Awards.|
|2007||Rajarshri Bhagyachandra||Director||Selected for Indian Panorama in the non-feature section of the International Film Festival of India 2007. A non-feature film on Maharaja Bhagyachandra of Manipur.|
|2009||Sankirtan of Manipur||Director|
|2011||Leaders from the Below||Director|
|2012||Manipuri Pony||Director||National Film Award for Best Exploration/Adventure Film (Including sports) at the 60th National Film Awards.|
|2018||Raas Leelas of Manipur||Director||Documents the five different types of Raas Leelas of Manipur.|
|2019||E. Sonamani Singh||Director|
Ishanou is a 1990 Manipuri film written by M. K. Binodini Devi and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. The movie stars Anoubam Kiranmala and Kangabam Tomba in the lead roles. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. The movie was first aired in Doordarshan and later released in Usha Cinema, Paona Bazar on 6 July 1990.
Olangthagee Wangmadasoo is a 1979 Manipuri film written by M. K. Binodini Devi, produced by G. Narayan Sharma and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. The film features Kangabam Tomba, Yengkhom Roma and Kshetrimayum Rashi in the lead roles. The movie was censored in 1979 and released at Friends Talkies, Paona Bazar on 18 January 1980.
The Cinema of Manipur is the film industry based in Manipur, India. It does not only include the Meitei language movies, but covers all the films made by the people from different communities residing in Manipur. The Manipuri film industry was born when Matamgi Manipur was released on 9 April 1972.
Matamgi Manipur is the first full-length Manipuri feature film released in the year 1972. The movie is directed by Debkumar Bose and produced by Karam Monomohan, under the banner of K.T. Films Private Limited. The black and white film features Gurumayum Ravindra Sharma and Yengkhom Roma in the lead roles. The story of the film was written by Arambam Samarendra and screenplay by Debkumar Bose. The film won the President's Medal at the 20th National Film Awards. It is an adaptation of Arambam Samarendra's theatrical play Tīrtha Yātrā.
Leipaklei is a 2012 Manipuri film directed and produced by Aribam Syam Sharma. It stars Leishangthem Tonthoi in the titular role. The story of the film was written by Arambam Samarendra and screenplay by Arambam Ongbi Memchoubi. Leipaklei was screened on the inaugural day of 5th Guwahati Film Festival 2012. It was also screened at the 18th Kolkata International Film Festival and Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) held at Jeonju, South Korea. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 60th National Film Awards.
Neelamani Devi is an Indian craftswoman and master potter from Manipur. Her creations have been the theme of two documentary films; Mittee aur Manab by renowned filmmaker, Mani Kaul, and Nilamani: The Master Potter of Manipur, by Aribam Syam Sharma. The TV Series, Mahabharata also featured her works on one of the episodes. The Government of India awarded her the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for her contributions to the art of pottery making.
Imagi Ningthem is a 1981 Manipuri film directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and written by M. K. Binodini Devi. It won the Golden Montgolfiere at the Festival des 3 Continents, Nantes in 1982. The film was also screened at many International Film Festivals, which include Denver International Film Festival, London Film Festival, Locarno International Film Festival, Montreal International Film Festival and International Film Festival of India. The film won two awards at the 29th National Film Awards.
Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi was an Indian novelist, short story writer, playwright, lyricist and member of the royal family of Manipur. She published books under the name Binodini. She is best known for her 1976 novel Boro Saheb Ongbi Sanatombi.
Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi is a 2019 Manipuri film directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced by Deepak Sarmah. It stars Ningthoujam Rina and Lairenjam Olen in the lead roles. The film was premiered at the 3rd Guwahati International Film Festival 2019 as the Opening Film of the Indian section. It is based on Lamabam Viramani's short story Atithi. It was written as a radio play by M. K. Binodini Devi under the title Nongphadok Lakpada. The adapted screenplay of the film was done by Aribam Syam Sharma. The film won four awards at the 13th Manipur State Film Festival 2020.
Paokhum Ama is the first Manipuri colour film released in the year 1983. The film is directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and written by M. K. Binodini Devi. It stars Kangabam Tomba and Yengkhom Roma in the lead roles. The movie was premiered at the Tyneside International Film Festival, United Kingdom.
Sanabi is a 1995 Manipuri film written by M. K. Binodini Devi and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. The movie stars Haorongbam Deben and R.K. Sushila in the lead roles. It is jointly produced by Doordarshan and National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 43rd National Film Awards. Sanabi got selection at the International Film Festival of India, 1996 and Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, 1996.
Saaphabee is a 1976 Manipuri film written by Sarangthem Bormani, produced by G. Narayan Sharma and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. The film features Kangabam Tomba and Subadani in the lead roles. It was released at Usha Cinema, Paona Bazar on 13 July 1976. The movie won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri at the 24th National Film Awards. It is based on the famous Manipuri folk play Haorang Leishang Saaphabee. It is the first Manipuri folk film.
Oinam Gautam Singh is an Indian film director and editor who works in Manipuri films. He started his career in Manipuri cinema as an editor and later took up direction since more than a decade. One of the successful filmmakers in Manipuri Cinema, he is the recipient of many awards, including a National Film Award for his 2011 movie Phijigee Mani. Gautam has worked under eminent film personalities like Aribam Syam Sharma and Oken Amakcham. He had been a Jury Member of Indian Panorama for 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2014.
Lamja Parshuram is a 1974 Manipuri film directed by Aribam Syam Sharma and produced by G. Narayan Sharma for N.S. Films. The script of the film was written by Elangbam Dinamani Singh and story by G.C. Tongbra. The movie features Kangabam Tomba in the titular role, and Lourembam Bedamani as the lead female protagonist. It was released on 24 April 1974 at Pratap Talkies, Paona Bazar. The film ran for more than 100 days and became the first Manipuri hit feature film.
Kangabam Tomba is an Indian film actor from Imphal, Manipur. He started his career in theatre. His first appearance in movies is in Matamgi Manipur, the first Manipuri full-length feature film where he played a college guy. His is popularly known as Lamja Tomba for his titular role in the 1974 movie Lamja Parshuram. Tomba bagged the Best Actor Award at the 1st Manipur State Film Festival 1984 for the film. He was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 11th Manipur State Film Awards 2018.
Kshetrimayum Rashi is an Indian actress from Imphal, Manipur, who worked in theatre and Manipuri films. She was introduced into the world of theatre by her mother Rasamani Devi. She is best known for her role in the movie Imagi Ningthem, which also received wide international acclaim. Rashi has featured in over 150 radio plays. She was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Manipur State Film Awards 2020. She is also the recipient of the Sahitya Seva Samiti, Kakching Neta Irawat Leelaroi Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Irom Maipak was an Indian cinematographer from Imphal, Manipur. He was the Founder President of the All Manipur Cinematographers Association. Maipak had worked for more than three decades in Films and Television industry. He received the prestigious National Film Award for Best Cinematography in the non-feature section at the 49th National Film Awards.
Yelhou Jagoi is a 1995 non-feature Manipuri film scripted by Rajkumar Achoubasana and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. It is conceptualized by Kapila Vatsyayan and produced by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. The film won the National Film Award for Best Anthropological/Ethnographic Film at the 43rd National Film Awards. The citation for the National Award reads, "For documenting authentically and artistically a traditional dance form of Manipur". It was also screened at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2019, Japan.
Orchids of Manipur is a 1993 non-feature Manipuri film scripted by M. K. Binodini Devi and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. It is produced by Sh. Tomchou Singh under the banner of Manipur Film Development Corporation (MFDC) Limited. The film won the National Film Award for Best Non-Feature Environment/Conservation/Preservation Film at the 41st National Film Awards. The citation for the National Award reads, "For a colourful and extremely aesthetic presentation of the exalting abundance of the wild orchids of Manipur". The film was screened at the second edition of Fragrances from the North East 2014, a three-day festival of cinema from the northeast.
Manipuri Pony is a 2013 non-feature Manipuri film scripted by Aribam Gautam and directed by Aribam Syam Sharma. It is produced by Films Division of India. The film won the National Film Award for Best Exploration / Adventure Film at the 60th National Film Awards. The movie was also selected in the Indian Panorama of the 44th International Film Festival of India 2013 and the Mumbai International Film Festival in 2014.