Manipur-based theatre legend Heisnam Kanhailal passed away on 6 October 2016 following a brief illness in Imphal. He was 75.
Kanhailal had contributed to the field of experimental theatre for more than 40 years.
About Heisnam Kanhailal
• Born in Imphal, initially he worked with the noted theatre director and playwright Badal Sirkar, but continued to experiment with alternative art-theatre.
• Later, he founded the Kalakshetra, the theatre laboratory in Manipur.
• Kanhailal was most famous for his production Tamnalai (The Hunting Spirit), Kabui-Keioiba (Half Man, Half Tiger) and Draupadi.
• He had also undertaken a research project on actor-training methodology with assistance from the Ford Foundation Grant, Nehru Memorial Fellowship and an Emeritus Fellowship.
• He had bagged several awards including Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1985, Natya Ratna in 1997 from the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad and the Sangeet Natak Akademi fellowship in 2011.
• He was also awarded the Padma Shri civilian award in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan civilian award in 2016 by the Union Government.
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