IMASI TRUSTEES
 
Thoudam Debendra Singh (Chairman) is the former Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Law and Revenue of the Government of Manipur. He is a scholar and a former teacher with a special interest in Bangla and Manipuri literature.
Dr. R.K. Nimai Singh (Vice Chairman) is a civil servant with a long and distinguished career in public service. Dr. Singh has broad experience and expertise in sports and culture. He runs Eastern Sporting Club, a football club in Imphal, and is Vice-President of the All Manipur Polo Association.
L. Somi Roy (Founder and Managing Trustee) is an international media curator and producer. As a US-based media curator, he has programmed film exhibitions for the Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Asia Society, Flaherty Film Cinema, and the Smithsonian. He organizes international polo in India and spearheads the conservation efforts to save the Manipuri Pony.
 
Huidrom Anuradha Devi (Treasurer) is an authority on women’s welfare and household economics. President of the Manipur Ladies Homes Science Association in Imphal, Ms. Devi is a frequent guest lecturer on All India Radio on women’s and children’s nutrition and health. She has published essays on elder care and nutrition.
Mayanglambam Mangangsana (Executive Member) is a leading composer and musician of Manipur. A traditional pena balladeer by training, his Laihui Ensemble has performed in New York, Lexington, Singapore and major cities in India such as New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. He is the Artistic Director of Laihui, a performance and research organization specializing in the musical traditions of Manipur.
Aribam Syam Sharma a leading filmmaker of Indian Cinema, pioneered the Manipuri film industry. He has made 13 features, six of them with screenplays by M.K. Binodini Devi, and 31 documentaries. His many awards and distinctions include official screening at the Cannes Film Festival, the Grand Prix at Nantes, and the British Film Institute Outstanding Film Award. He is also a noted composer and singer, and a celebrated director of modern Manipuri theater.
Ratan Thiyam is India’s most prominent theater director. His Chorus Repertory Theater has performed at Avignon, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and over 30 other cities around the world. He is currently the Director of the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Dr. Moirangthem Nara Singh is a former Minister of Culture in the Government of Manipur. He initiated festivals of Manipur in major Indian cities and is a leading supporter and promoter of traditional Manipuri theater. He started the international polo tournament of Manipur in 1999, now a prominent annual polo event of India.
 
Chongtham Kamala Devi is one of the most accomplished singers of modern Manipuri song. She has given live concerts, sung on All India Radio, and has sung playback in the films of Aribam Syam Sharma. Many of her classics are interpretations and renditions of song lyrics by M.K. Binodini Devi. She has co-edited two anthologies of Binodini’s work, of her song lyrics and her radio plays.
 
Yengkhom Roma is Manipur’s leading theater and pioneer film actor. She has appeared in more than 12 films, notably in the leading role in films by Aribam Sharma with screenplays by M.K. Binodini Devi and has directed film. She has published short stories and essays and is member of LEIKOL, the women’s literary circle founded by M.K. Binodini Devi. She is also a director of film and theater.
Priti Patel is a dancer and choreographer who is a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award awardee in Manipuri Dance. Her Anjika Dance Company, of which M.K. Binodini Devi was a patron, is based in Kolkata. It has performed all over India and many countries around the world, including the USA, UK, France and Russsia.
Saratchand Thiyam is a Sahitya Akadeni Award winning poet.
Dr. Sheelaramani Chungkham teaches English Literature at the Dhanamanjuri College of Arts, now Manipur’s newest university. She is noted for her leadership and articulation of women’s issues in Manipur.
 
L. Gourachandra Sharma is a photographer and videographer and runs CineStill, a leading photographic studio in Imphal, specializing in film still photography.
Salam Rajesh is a freelance journalist, writer, and documentary filmmaker. He has extensively studied the ethno-culture of the peoples in Manipur, including their lifestyle, culture and food habits. He works on environmental issues with focus on the community. He is a wildlife enthusiast, too. Mr. Salam is a member of the Film Society of Manipur, Manipur State Film Development Society and State Wildlife Board, Manipur.