Imphal: Choudhurimayum Nabachandra Sharma, fondly known as ‘Naba Chakthekpi/Khumbong Naba’ of ‘Naharol Khangthang Artist Association’ has died on Tuesday morning after battling the coronavirus for 45 days at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal. He was 67. He is survived his wife, son and five daughters.
Born at Bhamon Leikai and brought up at Khumbong, Nabachandra is among the pioneers of playback singing in Sumang Leela, successfully establishing himself as a renowned playback singer, singing in a female voice.
Nabachandra became known as ‘Naba Chakthekpi’ after the first Sumang Leela – ‘Chakthekpi’ of the ‘Naharol Khongthang Arist Association’, which is one of the most popular ‘Leelas’ in the 1980s.
Some of the songs he sang are still remembered for their charming melody and unique rendition like “Ho Nangbu angangba khurao mapal da khoiningna tongba uraktra.., Ngasi loktak khongban-sida e-nou nou-e eigi wakhal…,” ‘Keidoungei cinema yengsige, Nongmaijing da yenglasi…”
Manipur State Film Development Society, MSFDS, where he worked described him as a multi-talented and resourceful individual, always doing his duties with a smile and charming everyone who came in contact with him with his sense of humour.
In honour of the departed soul, a 2-minute silence was observed, followed by a candlelight vigil at the Monolith of Manipuri Cinema at MSFDS complex, Konung Mamang, Imphal. With Nabachandra’s passing, MSFDS has lost altogether three of its staff to Covid-19, said a statement issued by Sunzu Bachaspatimayum, Secretary, MSFDS.