Aribam Syam Sharma

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Aribam Syam Sharma
Aribam Syam Profile.jpg
Born (1936-03-21) March 21, 1936 (age 80)
Imphal, Manipur
Occupation Film director, Music composer
Awards Golden Montgolfiere 1982
Padma Shri 2006
V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award 2008
Kamal Kumari National Award 2009
Jewel of Manipuri Cinema 2015

Aribam Syam Sharma is a film director and composer from Manipur in India. He debuted in the Manipuri film scene as an actor in the movie Matamgi Manipur. In 1974 he directed his first movie Lamja Parshuram. Lamja Parshuram became the first Manipuri film to run for 100 days in the box office. His 1979 film Olangthagee Wangmadasu was the first ever and the only Manipuri film to run for more 25 weeks. The film ran for 28 weeks at the box office.

His fourth movie as a director, Imagi Ningthem brought him international recognition when the movie received the Montgolfiere d' Or at the Festival of Three Continents, Nantes in 1982.

His 1990 film The Chosen One was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

He was honoured with the Padmashri in 2006.[2]

He was conferred with the Jewel of Manipuri Cinema Award on 14th May 2015 by the Film Forum of Manipur and the Manipur State Film Development Society.[3]


Year Title Role Other notes
1974 Lamja Parshuram Director Feature
1976 Saphabee Director Feature
1979 Olangthagee Wangmadasu Director Feature
1981 Imagi Ningthem Director Feature
1983 Paokhum Ama Director Feature
1984 Tales of Courage Director Non-Feature
1988 Sangai: The Dancing Deer of Manipur Director Non-Feature
1988 Keibul Lamjao National Park Director Non-Feature
1988 Koro Kosii Director Non-Feature
1989 The Deer on the Lake Director Non-Feature
1990 The Chosen One (Ishanou) Director Feature
1990 Indigenous Games of Manipur Director Non-Feature
1991 Lai Haraoba Director Non-Feature
1991 Meitei Pung Director Non-Feature
1992 Yelhou Jagoi Director Non-Feature
1996 Sanabi Director Feature
1998 Loktak:The Dying Lake of Manipur Director Non-Feature
2003 Nilamani: Master Potter of Manipur Director Non-Feature
2003 Ashangba Nongjabi Director, Producer, Music Director Feature
2006 Guru Laimayum Thambalngoubi Devi Director Non-Feature
2007 Rajarshri Bhagyachandra Director Non-Feature
2008 Mr. Manipur Director Non-Feature
2008 Leirol Director Non-Feature
2009 Sankirtan of Manipur Director Non-Feature
2012 Manipuri Pony Director Non-Feature
2012 Dasha Director Feature
2012 Miraang Director Feature
2012 Leipaklei Director Feature
2014 Kangla Director Non-Feature


  • Living Shadows, autobiography (2006)[4]
  • Modern Manipuri Music and Me (2014)
  • Manipuri Cinema: Eigi Paodam (2016)[5]


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Chosen One". Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Luwang, Donny Meisnam. "Aribam Syam Sharma - Life sketch (Awarded Padmashree in the year 2006)". E-pao. Retrieved 1 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Book Review" (PDF) – via The People's Chronicle. 

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