Imphal: As part of the year-long Golden Jubilee Celebration of Manipur Cinema, the Manipur State Film Development Society will hold a felicitation programme for 31 pioneers of Manipuri Cinema on December 31, 2021, at the MSFDS Palace Auditorium, Palace Gate, here.
Governor of Manipur, La Ganesan and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Maharaj Sanajao Leishemba will be the chief guest and president of the programme respectively.
As part of the programme two critically acclaimed films. Romi Meitei’s ‘Motsillaba Mingsel’, a thirteen-minute short film and Ningthouja Lancha’s ‘Mami Sami’ will also be screened.
‘Honouring the Pioneers Programme’ is a special feature of the year-long celebration being held phase-wise to honour the pioneers, who have contributed significantly in the growth of Manipuri cinema. Altogether 31 pioneers are to be honoured by the chief guest and president of the function respectively.
The ongoing celebration of 50 years of Manipuri Cinema is designed as a tapestry of film events to support film practice in Manipur at all levels for advancing the present status to the next level of sustainable growth. It may be recalled that during the 8-day inaugural program of the Golden Jubilee Celebration, held from April 9 to 18, 2021, altogether 17 pioneers were honoured.
The pioneers honoured were Deb Kumar Bose, the director of the first Manipuri Feature film, ‘Matamgee Manipur’, Maestro Manipuri Filmmaker, Aribam Syam Sharma, Film Actors, Yengkhom Roma, Ksh Rashi Devi and Kangabam Tomba, Screenwriter/ Filmmaker/ Activist/Actor, Arambam Lokendra, Film Exhibitor Thongram Haridas, Art Direction & Make-up Artist Nagabam Swarnajit, Playback singer Chongtham Kamala, Story & Screenwriter Laimatyum Dhanachandra Sharma, Film Activist & Critic R.K. Bidur, Producer/Director, Chan Heisnam, filmmaker L. Banka, Film Exhibitor/Promoter Laishram Sanatomba Meetei, Cinematographer/Filmmaker Laimayum Surjakanta Sharma and Film Director/Actor RK Kripa, said a press release from MSFDS.