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Courtesy: Indian Express

A shock of blonde hair ensured Bidyananda Singh was often the centre of attraction at a football training camp at Doha’s Aspire Academy, even though he was among a group of junior footballers featuring players from the Netherlands and Australia.

The week-long camp saw the India U-17 regular being rechristened ‘Honda’, due to his stark resemblance to AC Milan’s Japanese international, Keisuke Honda.

“They also called me that because they couldn’t pronounce my name,” said the 16-year-old, smiling broadly.

Singh, a defensive midfielder, was at the academy in the Qatari capital for a camp conducted by youth academy coaches from Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan. By the end of his stint there, scouts from Barcelona had expressed an interest and have been following the youngster’s progress since.

Singh became one of the first Indians, along with Milan Basumatary, to play in the academy’s All Star team. Incidentally, he also scored the opening goal in his side’s 3-1 win over Ajax.

The irony of the nickname was that Singh’s involvement in the team came at the expense of other Japanese players at the academy. Despite the achievement, he lamented that his trip home would be delayed because of his Doha visit.

A long journey

Not long before Singh stepped on the neatly-manicured grass at the state-of-the-art Aspire Academy in Doha, where the Barcelona coaches declared him the player of the camp, he played his football on a surface littered with pebbles near his home in Moirang, Manipur.

Singh trains at the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Academy in Navi Mumbai, which has kept him away from home for a year.

Singh recalls leaving home at the age of 11 in 2008, to train at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex in Manipur, 45 km away from Moirang, where his skills were first recognised.

The decision wasn’t solely based on his love for the game. As the second son of a retired army-man from the Assam Rifles and a mother who ran a grocery store from their home, Singh recognised the strain his footballing ambitions put on the family. additionally, there were no coaches and very few coaches near his home.

“Moving to the SAI complex meant that my parents didn’t have to worry about my meals, nor did they have to worry about my equipment as the academy provided me with the boots and kit,” he said.

Source: IFP

Shito Ryu Seiko Kai Karate-Do, Manipur (SSKM) crowned overall champion with 21 gold medals, 11 silver medals and 15 bronze medals in the 1st Open State Level Karate-Do Championship at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak, today.

Shito Ryu Seiko Kai Karate-Do, Kakching Khunou bagged the team Kumite champion while ISKF Kanglei Shito Ryu Karate-Do, Patsoi took the team Kata champion.

The closing function was attended by director prosecution, Ng Tejkumar Singh; joint chief town planning, chairman, Khoibi Salam; deputy secretary Education (S), Abdus Salam; retired Major, YI Singh and pradhan, Kairang Khomidok, Md Nurjaman as chief guest, president and guests of honour repectively.

Meanwhile, in Kumite 16-17year boys -60 kg, Kh Amarjit Singh of SAI RC took gold medal while L Birbal Singh of SSKM, Langol bagged silver medal and Ch Ramson Singh of SSKM, Khurai; Md Hatab Khan of SSKM, Kairang took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 16-17 year boys -55 kg, K Gambhir Singh of SSKM, Malom took gold medal while Y Sanajaoba Singh of SSKM, Langol bagged silver medal and Md Salaman Kham of SSKM, Kairang; N Bonjovi Singh of SSKM, Langol took bronze medals each.

In Kumite below 8year girls, Thiyam Sarbina Devi of SSKM, Keishampat took gold medal while Th Sanai Devi of SSKM, Keishampat bagged silver medal and L Yaiphabi Chanu of SSKM, Khurai; Ng Asha Kiran Devi of SSKM, Keishampat took bronze medals each.

In Kumite under 8year boys, Salam Sunder Singh of SSKM, Keishampat took gold medal while Chandam Swamibash Meitei of SSKM, Khurai bagged silver medal and Soibam Jamesbond of KGKM; Thiyam Tiken Singh of SSKM, Keishampat took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 16-17year girls -45 kg, Yumkhaibam Mirabai Devi of SSKM, Malom took gold medal while in Kumite senior male -65kg, Md Abas Khan of SSKM, Kairang took gold and in Kumite senior girls -55kg, Syed Haseena of SSKM, Kairang took gold.

In Kumite 9-10 year boys, Soibam James Singh of SSKM, Kakching Khunou took gold medal while N Satish Singh of KGKM bagged silver medal and T Karbin Singh of SSKM, Keishampat; L Warson Meitei of SSKM, Khurai took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 16-17year boys -50 kg, Th Ibungo Meitei of SSKM, Wangjing took gold medal while Md K Abubakar of SSKM, Kairang bagged silver medal and N Suresh Singh of NSKF; P Mukesh Singh of SSKM, Khurai took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 13-15 year boys -50 kg, L Lectrogen Singh of NSKF took gold medal while N Johnson Singh of SSKM, Keishampat bagged silver medal and M Jack Singh of SSKM, Langol; L Chinglen Meitei of SSKM, Wangjing took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 13-15 year boys +50 kg, A Yaiphathoi of NSKF took gold medal while N Bimolchand Singh of SSKM, Keishampat bagged silver medal and Md Nazir Hussain of SSKM, Kairang; A David Singh of NSKM took bronze medals each.

In Kumite 11-12 year boys -50 kg PoleA, Laitonjam Chingkheinganba Meitei of SSKM, Khurai took gold medal while Th Nike Meitei of NSKF took silver medal and RK Thoithoi Singh; L Ngamba Singh both of KGKM took silver medals each.

In Kumite 11-12 year boys +50 kg PoleB, Md Zabir of SSKM, Kairang took gold medal while L Bikash of SSKM, Keishampat took silver medal and Kh Rimson Singh of SSKM, Wangjing; Ajay Kumar Jha of KGKM took silver medals each.

SOurce : IFP

RDD, Wangkhei blanked AAA, Kongpal 7-0 in the second semi final of Rabichandra football tournament at Kiyamgei Ideal High School Ground, today.

Ananda scored the opening goal of RDD in the 13th minutes and after two minutes, Raj scored the second goal. With this, the first half ended with RDD leading 2-0.

Continuing RDD leading in the second half with Millan scored the third goal in 39th minute while Deepak scored the fourth goal in the 47th minute and Anand scored his second and fifth goal of the team in the 51st minute, just six minutes later Millan again added one more goal.

However, Bobby scored the seventh goal of the winning team in the 58th minute.

RDD will meet KFC in the final match on January 15, while AAA will play LISBON for third place on January 14.

Source : IFP

Hockey Union, Lairikyengbam defeated Charangpat Development Organization, Charangpat 3-1, in the final of 1st U-14 Herojit Waribam Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at Khuman Lampak Hockey Practice Field, today.

CDO’s W Neerajkumar received the best promising player and best midfield of the tournament,while Y Shymson Meitei of AJSA received the best goal keeper award; T Barlin Singh of CDO received the best defender award; A Suresh Sharma of HU as best forward and the best promising team award received by All Jiribam Sports Association.

The closing function was attended by MLA Uripok, L Nandakumar Singh; vice-president Manipur Hockey, S Sobita Devi; president All Manipur Working Journalist Union, Samjai Wakhemcha; deputy director Transport, Ksh Lemba Singh and national awardee, Basudev Singh as chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

Meanwhile, Suresh Sharma opened the scoring of HU in the 11th minute and after three minutes, he added one more goal. With this, the first half ended with HU leading 2-0.

Continuing HU leading in the second half, W Neerajkumar scored the third goal in the 31st minute; however, Th Ahendro scored the solitary goal for CDO in the 43rd minute.

Source : IFP

N Binod Kumar of ISKF Kanglei Shito Ryu, Patsoi bagged a gold medal while Kh Amarjit Singh took silver medal and Ksh Bikram Singh bagged bronze medal in the 16-17 years Boys Kata open on the opening day of the 1st SSKM state level Karate-do championship, at Indoor Stadium, Khuman Lampak, today.

Meanwhile, in the senior boys 55 kg Kumite, Md Rajaudin bagged gold and Y James Singh took silver medal.

The championship was organised by the Shito Ryu Seiko Kai Karate-do,

Manipur under the aegis of Manipur Amateur Karate-Do Association (MAKA).

The opening function was attended by deputy speaker, MK Preshow

Shimray; assistant director of sports, Manipur University, Dr Ch

Pradeep Singh; president, Information Centre Hills Area Manipur

(ICHAM), N Rajendro and president, Nehon Shotokan Karate-do Federation India, Shihan Kiran Kumar Thangjam were the chief guest, president and guests of honour respectively.

There were 146 males and 37 females from 13 teams are participating in the championship.  

Source : IFP

The five day friendly adventure camp organized by the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association in collaboration with HQ 9 Sector Assam Rifle (10 Assam Rifles) which was inaugurated on October 22 at the Manipur Mountaineering Institute, Lamdan will conclude on October 26.

50 students including 24 girls from different schools are participating in the camp.

The students will be introduced to different types of adventure activities during the camp, said a press release of the Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, Khuman Lampak Sports Complex.


Imphal, Sept. 7: It seems that the days of Manipuri celluloid films are not yet over.

The hope of revival of local celluloid films got a shot in the arm when Japan Landa Imphal (Imphal in Japan war) ' the first Manipuri film in five years and a celluloid one in 10 years ' was released at the almost packed 900-seat new auditorium of Manipur Film Development Corporation.



Aribam Syam Sharma, a film director, actor, critic and music director from Manipur, came to limelight with his film Imagi Ningthem (My son, My Precious) that received the Grand Prix at the Festival des Trios Continents, France in 1982. He has directed 14 feature films and 30 non-feature films, rooted in the socio-cultural milieu of Manipur. His films screened at many International Films Festivals. He has won the National Award 15 times. His work for the promotion of film scenario in Manipur makes him a noted film personality. The Government of India conferred him “Padmashri” in the year 2006.

Source: Wikipedia

Nongmaithem Chittaranjan Singh, more commonly known as Nongmaithem Pahari, was an Indian singer, a composer, a revolutionist and a writer. He used to sing in Manipuri. He was perhaps the most prolific Modern Manipuri singer before his death on 18 October 2006 in Imphal, Manipur, India.

Nongmaithem Pahari's greatest contribution to the culture of Manipur is the way he introduced or started a new era of music. He is known to be the greatest force in consolidating the popularity of Modern Manipuri music.

Nongmaithem Pahari was born on 28 August 1934 in Imphal, Manipur. His father, Nongmaithem Thanil, represented the nobility of that time and was an avid theatre activist. Pahari's affinity towards music was manifested early in his childhood when he was heavily influenced by the likes of KL Saigal, Pankaj Mallik and Mana Dey.

Of the many albums that Pahari released during his lifetime, Undying Melodies is considered to be the magnum opus. This is the album that features quite an eclectic number of his all time hits like "Ningsingli meraagi thabaldo", "Eigee eshei saklaroi", "Ahingda khongbee taamna", "Nangee maithong urubada" and "Nangi Napalgi".

The majority of Pahari's songs were written by Manipur B.Jayentakumar Sharma, who composed music for many feature films and many theatre dramas. He had been decorated with almost all the Awards and recognition in the state pertaining to music and culture.

Pahari wrote a book titled Eigi Diaridagi meaning "From My Dairy". It was mainly about his experiences inside the Imphal and Tripura Jail with brief but important mention of the real genesis of the political and armed revolution in Manipur.

He was one of the founding members of United National Liberation Front, a revolutionary front formed in Manipur on 24 October 1964 which is still one of the largest insurgent groups in Manipur.

Pahari retired as the Station Director of Doordarshan Kendra Imphal(Television broadcasting station of Manipur) before which he served as the Station Director of All India Radio in various places including Imphal, Kohima and Gangtok. He was the President of Manipur Dramatic Union, Imphal and All Manipur Matam Ishei Kanglup. He also headed many other societies and cultural groups of the state.


Source : IFP

Renowned for her voice and referred to as the Nightingale of the North East by many, Manipuri singer Laishram Mema had to face several opposition when she started out as a singer. Born a year after India got her independence from the British, on December 22, 1948, Laishram Mema Devi started her musical career at the young age of six alongwith her elder sister Asem Bimla Devi.
She joined the Bhatkhande Sangjit Vidyapith, Lucknow in 1960 and passed the Nritya Visharad (Kathak) in first class, second in 1966.
She is at present a Sugam Sangit artiste and a B High grade in classical vocal.
Laishram Mema was born to (L) Asem Brajabidhu Singh at Yaiskul Hiruhanba Leikai, Imphal.
Soon after her marriage to Laishram Bidyapati Singh of Hailakandi Assam in 1968, she moved to Assam.
Her husband’s family was quite supportive of her choice of profession in the early period of their marriage, but later turned against her singing after their neighbours started to taunt them.
However, she did not lose faith in her singing and continued to stealthily practice singing at night after all the household chores were completed.
Her husband who was supportive of her singing the whole time decided to take her back to Manipur so that she could continue her career in singing.
She returned to Imphal alongwith her husband in 1973 and started living on rent at Palace compound.
Some years after her return to the state she opened her first institute called the Cultural Training Institute at Babupara.
She shifted to Mumbai then Bombay in 1995 and has been living there till date.
Speaking to a group of media persons today at her parental home at Yaiskul Hiruhanba, the singer said even though she cannot sing Manipuri songs regularly, she tries singing Manipuri classical songs at most concerts that she attends.
On the ban on the hindi songs and films in the state, the renowned singer said the ban has helped in promoting the local language, however it has negatively affected the singers of the state when they come out of the state for performing.

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