Rewben Mashangva

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Rewben Mashangva
Closeup of Rewben Mashangva at Bangalore Literature Festival, 2016
Closeup of Rewben Mashangva at Bangalore Literature Festival, 2016
Background information
Born (1961-06-21) 21 June 1961 (age 56)
Genres Folk
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar

Rewben Mashangva, also Guru Rewben Mashangva (born June 21, 1961),[1] is a folk musician and singer from Manipur, India.[2] He is known for reviving musical tradition of the Tangkhul Naga of Manipur, and use of traditional musical instruments in his songs.[3][4] Influenced by musicians like Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, Rewben Mashangva has created many Naga tribal folk songs based on blues and ballad rhythms.[3] He is known by different names like, Bob Dylan of the Nagas and[5] King of Naga folk blues,[3][6] Father of Naga folk blues.[7][8] He received the National Tribal Award 2011-12, for his contribution to the development of tribal music from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.[9]

Mashangva was featured in the first season of The Dewarists along with The Raghu Dixit Project.[10]


  • Tantivy (1999)
  • Naga Folk Blues
  • Creation
  • Our Story ( 2012 )


  1. ^ "Noble endeavour to bring back folk music glory". The Sentinel. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "When folk meets Western - Youngsters listen to masters create music at Shilpgram festival". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Naga musician reviving dying folk music". The Sentinel. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "North East tribute to Hazarika in Delhi on February 18". Times of India. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Naga tribes stress unity at harvest fest". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 26 February 2005. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Sinha, Dipanjan (17 December 2011). "End of a musical journey - Rewben to make melody in final episode of Dewarists". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "‘The father of Naga folk blues’ wins Northeast Excellence Award for 2009". Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Sengupta, Somini (23 June 2008). "Town in India Rocks (No Use to Wonder Why, Babe)". New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2012. 
  9. ^ "Manipur’s Guru Rewben Mashangva and Mary Kom receive National Tribal Award in New Delhi". North East Today. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2012. 
  10. ^ Guru Rewben Mashangva and The Raghu Dixit Project | The Dewarists