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Meghachandra Kongbam’s ‘Manipuri Cinema’ released by Ratan Thiyam

It may be worth mentioning that Meghachandra Kongbam of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, received Swarna Kamal for the Best Film Critic in the National Film Awards in the year 2015.

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Imphal: Legendary Theatre director and writer Ratan Thiyam released a book titled ‘MANPURI CINEMA’ written by Meghachandra Kongbam, former Director, Information & Public Relations, Government of Manipur and a member of International Federation of Film Critics, Indian Chapter (FIPRESCI-India), Sunday, at the auditorium of JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal.

The book is released in connection with the celebration of Manipuri Cinema 50 years.

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Addressing the gathering, chief guest Ratan Thiyam said that the most important part of Manipuri Cinema is its aesthetic value. While making commercial films we need to consider the various aspects of our society, he added. He also said that there is a dearth of Children’s films in our state and filmmakers need to focus on making films that can be beneficial to the children. He appealed to the filmmakers and producers of this generation to make film that reflects social values.    

In his speech as president of the function, M. Joy, IAS, Commissioner IPR and Arts & Culture said that filmmakers need to focus on making film that connects the generations. He further added that we should all render our support in producing films that have social values.   

Professor MC Arun, Department of Anthropology, Manipur University reviewing the MANIPURI CINEMA book said the book throws light on the environment of cinema before the actual birth of Manipuri Cinema, the works of the pioneers of Manipuri Cinema, the life and works of the second generation filmmakers and producers, the digital era of Manipuri Cinema and the issues of Manipuri Cinema. He added that a creative outburst is needed at this hour for the continuation of our creativity in the field of art and culture which is unique from others.

Meghachandra Kongbam, the author highlighting his journey in the field of art and culture as a critic of films, said that he continuously contributed articles on films to various parts of the country. After taking a break for a year, he started concentrating on writing the book as a contribution of his knowledge about the various aspects of Manipuri Cinema, he added. He urged the readers for positive suggestions, criticisms etc. for further improvement of his book.   

It may be worth mentioning that Meghachandra Kongbam of Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal, received Swarna Kamal for the Best Film Critic in the National Film Awards in the year 2015.

He is a member of the Film Critics Circle of India and is currently the President of the Film Society of Manipur, the third oldest film society in Northeast India.

He is also the founder of Cine Artistes and Technician Association Manipur. He is a regular article contributor of many cinema books published by the Federation of Film Societies of India and FIPRESCI-India and others edited by film scholars.

The release function was attended by many renowned filmmakers, writers, critics, artists, cine lovers and others working in the field of Manipuri Cinema. 

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