Saturday, 31 January 2009

Bury the word “BM” for Bishnupriya Manipuri

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

We all agree the name of our community is “Bishnupriya Manipuri” and NOT “BM”, “bm” or “B.M”, the style of format that we usually see, writes and comments in this blog.

Writers submitting articles here in the blog know how I fall on this word. I comb this word and delete it mercilessly. Understanding – the word is wrong, and it does not exists – came too late to me. Let me confess to all of you.

If you have gone down to the blog and had read previous articles, you would have found the abbreviation was used very frequently. But it doesn’t exist now; the abbreviation has been deleted from all the articles in the blog. The exercise was massive, but it was done. If you still find the abbreviation (don’t consider in comments) do send me the link. It will be changed.

Allowing the abbreviation to remain in the blog, and its repetitive usage either in writing, reading and in our conversation – time will come we may start believing the name of the community is “BM”. This is itself is a danger to the identity of the great community.

We will not know when this word had attacked our sensory organs and then to our central nervous system. And children, we know, will be more vulnerable to this usage. We must see their future.

So, whoever comments or writes anywhere in online or in print, keep in mind you have to abstain yourself writing BM in the place of Bishnupriya Manipuri. Saving few seconds writing Bishnupriya Manipuri will save generation who may start believing BM is our community.

Like this, though in different strata, there are many other issues, though not visible to all of you, I find it in the blog’s reports which are very harmful to all of us. I bet, slowly and steadily it will be handled and mitigated.

With this thought, I still believe in online we are still not clear about our fundamentals. Hence any support giving a corporate look to the blog or any attempt in this direction, I maintain No, No…

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Friday, 30 January 2009

Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur Delhi celebration video launched online

The love and support the blog has received from all of you is phenomenal.

Without your participation the blog wouldn’t have attained the shape what it is today. Perception of the blog - what it is – certainly differs from person to person. For some the blog with its enriching articles relaxes their tensed nerve. And for many it has come as a daily habit to abreast oneself to know in which direction air is blowing.

Today with this article the blog – The Bishnupriya Manipuri – would venture into video format of content. So, Bishnupriya Manipuri readers living in all parts of the world can feel more near to their brothers and sisters.

The video first of its series (below) was shoot at the 139th birth anniversary of Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur celebrated on 2 November 2008 in Delhi. (The remaining part of the video will soon be uploaded)

Watch video 2
Read articles on that celebration:

November 2, 2008: A special day
Sri Sri Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur Utsav 2008 in New Delhi
Kavita Sinha paints Bhubeneshwar Sadhu Thakur

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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Is it right time for our social organizations to go online?

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Why our Bishnupriya Manipuri social organisation in Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Silchar are not launching an independent site? – is one question that runs in the minds of many of us. 

No doubt, once upon a time there used to exist a site Mahasabha on the internet. But unfortunately, it doesn’t exist now. When it was live, it used to appear in the first page of Google in the search word “Bishnupriya Manipuri”.

If someone put me a question - is it the right time to go with an online presence of our social organization? My answer would be “Yes” and also “No”.

“Yes”. Because…

(1) The site would function as an official site of all the organizations irrespective of area and country. A big achievement in itself!

(2) For any issues - regional and international, and developments, the web site would come as a mouthpiece of the Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

(3) The web site would be in due course of time chronicle the history of the community.

(4) It will bind the Bishnupriya Manipuri people living all over the world. No one will feel remote. It will bring sense of belongingness in all of us.

(5) Payment transfer of donation would be easier.

“No”. Because…

(1) Who will be responsible for the maintenance of the web site? A big question! And more important - Who will own the site?

(2) Logistic support is one that is still in grey area. Who will be responsible to collate information in text, photo and video from different areas?

(3) Who will take a final take on the information that will go live?

(4) Who will build up the web site? And what will be the fund for the project?

(5) What will be the mode of payment for donation? There are free and costs involved payment gateway.

(6) What will be the look and feel of the web site? Will it be like government web site or commercial web site?

(7) Now, when many blogs and web sites are running, what is the use of creating another online entity?

(8) Are we in hurry to create a place in internet? What are our objectives and goals going online?

Like these, there exist many issues that have to be addressed before the social organizations go online. But these are minor but important issues! 

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Let us help each other

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Two weeks back, I received a call from an insurance agent. Like those who hate to receive calls in office time, I said, “I don’t need policy-wolicy, if possible give me money, avail me money”. 

The person at the other end knowing I am not the nut which he can crack, in a polite voice said, “Sir, are you from Assam, are you Manipuri?” Hearing his query, my voice iced and I said “Yes”. He immediately transferred the call to a person. He said, “Are you Manipuri”. “Yes, I am Bishnupriya Manipuri”. “Dada…”. The policy agent came out to be a Bishnupriya Manipuri. 

Not wasting his time, I said “Don’t worry, you come to my home but don’t talk to me in office, you drop in my home with all papers and documents”. 

He dropped in my home on this Sunday. 

Now what is the point of telling all this here in the blog. What I have done on this Sunday? There is a point. First, the 20 something age Bishnupriya Manipuri boy was not in financial terms literate. Second, we both exchanged services. That was beneficial for both. 

Let me come to the first point. I asked him couple of questions like where the money will go, where it will be invested, what is the basis of investment, what are the financial instruments through which the money will be routed in the finance stream, most important how I could come to know the present value of my insurance? Simply to check him can he be referred to my colleagues and his knowledge on finance? 

Sorry, he did not know the life cycle of the money that I will be pouring in the stream through him. He was more eager to insure me than knowing these questions. 

He was simply doing his job – selling insurance. Not knowing the overview of the whole system. 

Now the crux – of course it applies to me as well – let us hone our skill and try to understand things in bigger scale. If the blog is running on the internet, I must have the overview of the whole internet world, and the minutiae on which the blog is afloat. Perhaps with the understanding of the complexities of content and distribution. Start thinking, it is very complex. 

Next comes the exchange of services that we both did. Yes, I loved the services that we both exchanged. It was a helping hand from both of us. I helped him. He helped me. 

So, I say if you are in a position to book flights from your office or for your personal use, do use any of the travel Yatra link in this blog. I will be helped; the blog will get a helping hand from all of you. 

I use this link to book flight tickets from my office. Good thing, one of my Bishnupriya Manipuri friends uses this link to book flights ticket for his office travel. Irony I didn’t know him and he knows the blog only.

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Colourful tableau of Assam and Tripura on 26 Jan

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

For many of us, the Republic Day of India might be one more day where we don’t have to drop in to our office, but if we go back to our school days, we remember the day held a very special status. It was marked with festivity all around, people distributing sweets to neighbours and strangers alike. 

In those days where Doordarshan was the only television channel beaming the country’s hinterlands, the day was observed with much reverence, family members and neighbours sharing a singleton black and white set. Those days were indeed golden days of our life. 

Life was simple and so were our demands. Like the present day, where we see security barricades that pops up in nook and cranny on this day, nothing as such was visible on this day earlier. Fear was nowhere in our psyche and in the environment. 

Alas! Time has changed. Now, children don’t enjoy the day. They remain cocooned to the four walls of their home. We don’t take them out. Even we remain in the periphery of our surrounding. Time has cruelly changed! 

And cruel is our teaching, we don’t know the importance of this day. We don’t know its significance – why we all Indians celebrate this day, what is the meaning of becoming a Republic nation etcetera question? 

Those who have missed the Republic Day parade, here is a quick photo glimpse of this auspicious day. One can see the tableau of Assam and Tripura here. 

Let us educate ourselves and teach our siblings about this day when India became Republic. 

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Bangladesh Report findings: Bishnupriya Manipuris are bilingual, carry a positive attitude towards their mother tongue

The Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Bangladesh are highly bilingual in the use of Bangla language, they extensively use their mother tongue, and they have a positive approach towards it, reads a report prepared by Amy Kim & Seung Kim for SIL International. Read more

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Saturday, 24 January 2009

Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA Karthik Sena Sinha is visiting Delhi

Karthik Sena Sinha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri MLA from Patharkandi constituency of Assam is visiting Delhi in this month, and will stay for three days in the national capital, the news is still unconfirmed. 

He will board for Delhi on 27 January, 2009. It is still unconfirmed whether his visit to the city is official or personal. 

Karthik Sena Sinha won assembly election in the ticket of Bharatiya Janata Party from Patharkandi constituency of Assam. At the time of fighting election he held Cash in hand - Rs 6,00,000. 

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Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha to hold 43rd Annual Conference in Tripura from 13-15 Feb 2009

Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha in a communiqué sent to the blog, has stated that the socio-cultural body is going to celebrate its Platinum Jubilee in Tripura. The Platinum Jubilee, which is also its 43rd Annual Conference, will be held for three-days in the Kailasahar district. 

Uday Sinha, Secretary General, Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha said that the venue decided for the annual conference is: Guldharpur (Bimalnagar), Rudra Singh Higher Secondary School, Kailasahar, Tripura and the dates are 13-14 & 15th February 2009. 

The blueprint of the programme will be released in due time, he said. 

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Bring to book Sangram Singha attackers: Mahasabha demands

Taking a strong note to the abduction and later inflicting physical abuse on the Bishnupriya Manipuri Bangladeshi journalist Sangram Singha by the fundamentalist, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha has condemned the attack and called for immediate arrest and punishment of the perpetrators to the Government of Bangladesh. 

The apex socio-cultural body of Bishnupriya Manipuri people in India and abroad, the Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha, has urged upon the Government of Bangladesh to protect life and provide security to the Bishnupriya Manipuri community which in terms of language-spoken comes in the minority in the neighbouring country. 

The attack on Sangram Singha was taken seriously by media in Bangladesh and was prominently carried out in the print. He is associated with a Slyhet-based Bengali daily ‘The Daily Jugantor’ and also with ‘ETV Sylhet’. 

In a communiqué to the blog, Uday Sinha, Secretary General, Nilkhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha stated this. 


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Friday, 23 January 2009

Let us bury the hatchet

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

Let us bury the hatchet. Let us not bring online world to our offline real world. We all are good people, simplicity is in our blood. We are not complex, we can’t think complex things. We hate complexity. 

That is why; the small minority community called the Bishnupriya Manipuri people are being loved by the whole world. Whether it is in India or in Bangladesh, every individual know how we are being welcomed by everyone. We don’t need proof to this fact. 

No doubt, we have differences. And we have to accept this. One can’t be autocratic; we live in a democratic world. And the online world is the best example of democracy. This blog is democratic. Everything is visible. Nothing remains hided here. 

Past few days when we all were commenting and I wrote flurry of articles with photos, something we have missed: the programme was hijacked by other community. I mean the mainstream media didn’t highlight our programme but their contribution. 

Here, as a mark of record that such and such programme was held at New Delhi on 18 January 2009. I am embedding the programme schedule. 

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Suzuki Aeiga baro Hyundai Aeiga

By Surajit Sinha, New Delhi

Its been long time since I have written my controversial column on career (read his article: Smart Study). Since then I am looking for a topic to write few lines, with no fish in my kitty. But last night suddenly this thought came into mind, so I thought of pen down it, before the enthusiasm and the concept fade away from me. Well, it’s about malthep dikarat korani, dola-doli. I was born in a village of 100 plus house with 4 malthep, but I always prefer to visit the Gouranga Aeiga's malthep, the US Army General look-alike tough guy. Anyways that is nothing to do with this write-up. As I grow older I started understanding the politics of malthep and other things associated within a typical village.

Time went ahead and I moved to Delhi and now I am living here for more than a decade and after securing a stable job, I diverted some time thinking how to sort out this problem. But living in Delhi I can not sell my idea or experiment on finding a way to stop this division. Thanks to Rishi he has come out with this blog where at least we can talk about it. I always act as a tension diffuser. And I should tell everybody why I try to be tension diffuser. I am a thinly built person with a constant 55Kg weight ever since I am born, just joking but believe me its not increasing since I first checked my weight 10 years ago. God has given a power to every individual to find a place for him and for that one has to use either muscle power or the brain power. Since I don't have the first one I take shelter under the second one. It will be stupid on my side if I try to be a violent person like Amir Khan in Ghajini specially when you are living among 6ft/80 Kgs Jats. Then one fine day I got this cool idea to establish a brand for myself. Thanks to Rajkumar Hirani's Munnabhai I found my USP i.e. to practice Gandhigiri. So I started preaching non violence and now that's my USP.

Now coming to the problem of dola-doli, malthep dikart karani, since we live in the biggest democracy of the world, we cannot escape from multiple party and freedom of expression which is the meaning of democracy. And all the civilized country of the world praises democracy of India though our politician and we try our best to exploit this beautiful form of governance. If you want to know how it is living under a single ruler or dictator you may read about North Korea, Cuba and China.

But if we practice democracy in an honest and intelligent way everyone can benefit from this. For this we need participation both from the leader and the citizens to gain maximum. Though I talked about democracy I will take an capitalistic approach to define the term democracy.

Suzuki (Maruti) came to India in late 1980's and suddenly the dream of owing a car for many Indians started turning into reality. With in 10 years Suzuki established itself as a brand to recognize, trust and reliable across the length and breadth of the country. Gradually it has become synonyms for cars. Then in late 90's Hyundai came to India. But how Hyundai will penetrate the market which Suzuki has established . During that time India Inc. had created huge number of jobs in various field like IT, Hospitality, Automobile and so on. That has created a large number of young brand conscious people. Hyundai tapped this section of the potential car buyer with their latest product. They are bringing car straight from Detroit and Paris motor show and fitted with latest engine and also to mention world wide launch of cars at the same time in India. Though Suzuki is the numero uno brand in India they were selling cars which are 10 years old model. With in couple of years Suzuki's market share started dropping and Hyundai started gaining. Though Suzuki still has the largest market share, Hyundai is not far behind in term of market share and sales. So what's now for Suzuki, they reduced production showed their employees pink slip. No, they came more bigger now with second production facility and a new R&D centre to develop India specific cars and for other potential world market. The result in 2008 we saw two world class product from India one from Hyundai i10 Kappa and Suzuki's A-star. A-star has come from Suzuki's India R&D centre or you can say a car Made in India by Suzuki. Though Hyundai has a R&D centre in India but I am not sure whether the kappa engine and i10 is developed in India or not. So at the end of the day we have two world class car.

Now lets get back to our good old issue of dola-doli…….. Think that it is "Chaitra's Basanti Puja" in a village and there is two puja and the "Bamoon" is Suzuki Aeiga and Hyundai Aeiga. Two cool dude met each other in certain place. The conversation – Hey! Whats up dude, where are u going for bandara today. Man, I am confused, I don't know both Suzuki Aeiga and Hyundai Aeiga's bandara is delicious and awesome. I really don't know where to go. So isn't it a good thing for both the Aeiga. Now what if Tata Aeiga comes out with "Nano". Is it more confusing?. Well I don't think so. Now its more easy to decide : Shoptomi – Suzuki Aeiga, Oshtomi – Hyundai Aeiga, Nobomi – Tata Aeiga.

Suzuki will never ask Hyundai or Tata to pack up their bags neither they will listen to it. In fact if Suzuki ask other to do that, people might find a weakness in Suzuki's behavior. So it has to be an intelligent game specially for the "Aeiga"s to survive, and gaining the best out of it. For that "Aeiga"s have to play a larger than life game and for the "bandara khoura" its an win-win situation. I think that's a healthy competition and Aeiga's should find it exciting and challenging. And if "Aeiga"s fight amongst themselves nobody will gain.

Finally, it is not an appropriate story to compare the issue of dola-doli. But as a preacher of non-violence I thought of this funny way to sort out the problems, which most of you might not agree.

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

You Can't Fool All the People All the Time

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

With the untoward events unfolding in the nearby website, seeing their intention, the blog has been put on high alert. All the doors and windows have been closed and boundaries are being fenced. 

The 60-strong photographs of the programme are not in downloadable format. You can’t download it. You can’t share it. You can’t bring the concept of collaboration with your own near and dear ones. Same has been done with other assets of the blog. 

And all the enriching contents are being checked whether someone is misusing it or not. I can’t help! The blog is valuable and it has to be protected. The blog is in complete denial mode, now. 

As I have told you in one article I don’t have any attachment to the Silchar town but I love my village Mohanpur. Reason! First, people whom I have encountered in my nascent school days were hide-and-seek personality. They used to hide if possible everything. The same was done here recently when an event went unnoticed. And the same mentality is seen online. The product this town throws to the world. 

Visit and click on the Photo of the Day tab, you will surely feel the same they don’t want to share anything to the valuable readers. The site breaks your trust. The site tells you in your back of your mind: You feel grateful that you are watching the photos that you have provided to you. They use watermarks [ 2003] so that you don’t download it and put it as your desktop image. Even you will not print it and put on your wall. 

Now, come to the blog. Can’t I put watermark on each and every programme photographs? I can with a click of a button. I can emblazon the blog’s URL, even my name – RK Rishikesh Sinha. 

But sorry I didn’t follow something like this that is wrong and sets a wrong example in the blog. I am maturing with this blog and hence the readers. It is first time happening that more than 200 subcribers are reading daily content written on the community activities, written by Bishnupriya Manipuri people. 

There are ethics that I have emulated in my school and in university and in my profession. However, the online world runs on some fundamentals. That is why Google is Google and Amazon is Amazon. And this blog has become big.

What the blog could have done?

(1) The blog could have taken Names, Phone numbers and many private information in the subscription procedure itself. But it was not done. Reason! In due course of time, I could become all-know person. 

(2) The blog could be visible only to the subscribers. But the blog could be seen by anyone those who are not subscribed to it. 

(3) The subscribers can UNsubscribe from receiving the alert. This option could have been stopped. So, once subscribers subscribed to the blog they cannot go out of the blog. But this has not been stopped. And see the beauty, indeed only three Bishnupriya Manipuri guys have unsubscribed to the service. 

(4) No copy-paste work: I received lot of copy and paste articles. I didn’t allow it. Reason! It will flood the blog with copy and paste work. Hence setting again a bad example. I intend to say let people write, and let the writers learn from the mistakes. Unwind their mind.

(5) One mistake that I could have done. Thanks one person for guiding me not doing that grand mistake. Else this blog couldn’t have become the darling of many like you whom I don’t know. It will remain a secret till this blog employs a Bishnupriya Manipuri guy who does reporting job from our villages. He/ she will be earning from the blog. And this is one of my dreams. 

I am writing this article because: You Can't Fool All the People All the Time

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Note: In few days all the photos will be in downlable format.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

There is nothing special than watching the Bishnupriya Manipuri dance

For those who are away from their motherland. What on earth can give you peace than sitting on a couch with your all family members and watching a movie/ video of your brothers and sisters? Here is a video that will surely swell your heart with proud of a programme that was held in New Delhi on 18 January, 2008. 

So, bring your all near and dear one, prepare a cuppa of tea and push the button (left of Google Video button) here to watch in wide screen. Push the play button and get relax. 

Happy viewing!!! Do comment.

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Bishnupriya Manipuri Dancers cast a scintillating impression on Delhiites

No Words Required to Describe: Scintillating performance by Bishnupriya Manipuri dancers in the recently held programme in New Delhi.

Earlier post: Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Delhi on 18 January 2009

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Monday, 19 January 2009

Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in Delhi on 18 January 2009


Photo taken from Government site.

A tragic example of “concealment of information” was seen when in a cultural programme organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, the strong Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in Delhi were kept in dark about the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community of Assam on 18 January 2009.

“Purvottari: Spirit of the North-East” programme was organised by Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, a premier New – Delhi based resource Centre engaged in research, documentation, publication and dissemination of knowledge of the arts, from January 10, 2009 to January 18, 2009 to highlight the rich tradition, culture of the northeastern states of India. 

All the eight northeastern states participated in the week long programme. It is to be mentioned, going by the media report, people in Manipur objected to the Rasa Dance performed by Bishnupriya Manipuri community in this programme. 

“The State Co-ordinator of Indira Gandhi Centre for Arts (IGNCA), Dr K Sobita has asked Dr KK Chakravarty, Member Secretary of IGNCA, New Delhi to make a clarification regarding the controversial representation of Manipuri culture in the ongoing Purvottri Spirit of North East India at New Delhi”, reads an article appeared in a blog. 

However, a nil participation in this grand performance by the Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi, highlights something is going wrong in the atmosphere in the capital city among our clan. 

It is indeed very sorry for the participants that they had failed to get warm response from all the Bishnupriya Manipuri staying in Delhi from all parts of India. And at the same time it is indeed shameful on the part of people who attended the day long programme that they didn’t share the happiness with all who had been oblivious of the grand cultural programme. 

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Saturday, 17 January 2009

Bithi Sinha begged the first position in Golden Voice of Barak competition


Bishnupriya Manipuri girls are coming forward and are proving their mettle. In a recently held mega final competition Golden Voice of Barak programme it was very much visible. Bithi Sinha begged the first position in the closely contested competition. In the same platform, the third position was shared by Manjula Sinha (of Patherkandi, Assam) and Chandrani Sharma. 

The mega finale competition was inaugurated by President Mrs Sushmita Dev; Saptaparna Chakroborty of Sa-Re-Ga-Ma fame and well known singer Sivaji Chatterjee were in judges’ chair. 

With the success of musical shows on the Indian television, talent hunt shows are widely used to give a platform to singers to showcase their talent. The trend is catching and is being accepted by upcoming singers to bring out their singing talent.

Sa-Re-Ga-Ma is one successful musical show running in Zee TV which has produced singers of repute like Shreya Ghosal and Kunal Ghanjawala. Other similar musical programmes on the same format are running in almost all entertainment channels. 

Thanks: Bijit Sarma

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Friday, 16 January 2009

Definitely, we will take a big leap

By RK Rishikesh Sinha, New Delhi

With the launching of the site by my friends – BN Sinha, Jyotirmoy Sinha and Henryy Sinha – if there is one person who is eternally happy, it is me. The news of the launch swept me like a fatherly figure. Bit perturbed on the questions – how do they will carry out the job, will they be responsible to the undertaken job, are they equipped enough to manage a site which seems simple from front but it is not - were barrage of emotions consuming me? After all they started their journey of writing from this blog. You know this. 

But, at the bottom of the turbulence was lying extreme contentment that the very idea of establishing this blog has started showing. Now, people are discussing, talking, collaborating, and mining information about the community. That’s what the blog wished for - transforming the Bishnupriya Manipuri tag to become a living brand. Also, to trigger in the so-called urban Bishnupriya Manipuri people, who were just swinging between job and home - to brainstorm about people, and only for people? And they did it, what the blog has always aspired for. 

The word “writers”, “authors” which were nowhere in our common parlance, thanks to the site, will become household words. They have been put in great demand. The writers have to think in-and-out what to write next. They will be delving on how to cater their idea, and all those exercise that writers usually go through. This is what - empowering the greenhorn writer – to think and polish his/ her ideas and skills. I will say, a portfolio of writers will be created. 

Now, comes the owner Jyotirmoy Sinha, he has to manage the site. Managing a site is very complex. It has got endless angles. He has to see, envision the site for the present, and for the future. I hope he will fulfill his dream to conquer a space in the cyber world for the Bishnupriya Manipuri people. 

Many readers would be thinking – why this blog is not adding ‘org’, ‘in’, ‘com’ and other endings to it? Let me explain, I have lot of time given thought on dropping ‘blogspot’, but I found this will not add anything substantial and concrete to this. If required, within an hour’s time, this can be added. But, for a moment think, tomorrow when you come here “Will you see any change in the DNA of this blog?” No, you will not find any change. 

“Definitely, the blog will take a big leap” I say. For the time being, still the blog has not flexed many of "technical" things; it is almost 50 % muscles are lying idle and are not being given stimuli-tweaking, it will remain as it is. It is your own, your extended family member. Add to it, other infrastructures are not placed in order. When I say “infrastructure”, I do mean a lot. 

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Thursday, 15 January 2009

Match-making made easy, register in

Few days back I stumbled on a site. Something that enchanted me was its URL: I landed on the home page, I found, it was more appealing and gripping. Reason! It was a matrimonial site devoted to Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

With little bit research, I come to know the site is well built, technologically sound, and very ‘user-friendly’. Its user-friendly feature is something that I find the USP of match-making site is.

The site Lohong, designed by U Singha, where I have made an account, could assuage the pain of parents who brings down hell and heaven in search of prospective bridegroom and groom.

The site given the critical mass of information could become the wherewithal of young boys and girls, and of course who are earning and standing on their own feet! Thanks to the site, Bishnupriya Manipuri living in any part of the world cannot say ‘we urgently need a match-making site’.

We can say “Yes, we have Lohong. We have got the platform. Just you have to fill in your information”. Leveraging the site, the days are not far when marriages between villages, towns, cities could start taking place where it has not taken place.

The site is enabled with a search option, Most viewed, Last 5 Active, and Least Viewed features. Alas! You will find my name both in Last 5 Active, and Least Viewed!! My name is RK Rishikesh Sinha.

Before leaving, I would recommend don’t look at the site, register it and explore it to the fullest. This is a site that is very near to us, near to our existence. And think for a while how you could take the benefit from it. And believe me; you will not be paying anything for availing this service! It is Free. Free. And Free.

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Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Learn foreign languages; job prospects are good, says Biswajit Sinha

Be different! Be smart! Choose your career where people are not giving attention. And the career, that comes in this bracket, moreover we are genetically programmed, according to Biswajit Sinha, a New Delhi-based businessman-is learning of foreign languages. 

Our young boys and girls must explore the opportunities that lie ahead in the job market that are available in the foreign languages, said Biswajit Sinha. He added, the job profile is lucrative, skill-based, with killing exposure. They will be rubbing shoulders with big-shots people in the field of business and politics. Hence it will bring marked change in their perception towards life and the world; consequently to our society, he opined. 

After the completion of the course, students can work as a translator/ interpreter, or in the teaching profession. Services of the translator/ interpreter are extensively used in travel agency and also in hotel industry. They may also go for freelancing in the language. 

It is to be mentioned Biswajit Sinha is a businessman who ventured into business with no on-hand experience, that too in the pre-liberalisation era in 90s’, call it in the inspector-raj. Very different from the way today’s businesses are being done in India. An engineer by education, who has broken his milk teeth in business, started his career with manufacturing of television sets in the mid 80s’ at Silchar, Assam. He went through all crests of troughs of business cycle that a business man has to undergo. 

The confident voice of Biswajit Sinha said the opportunities that the city provides having offices of all the countries should be utilized. Many countries do carry out free to paid foreign language classes. Bishnupriya Manipuri students coming from Assam and Tripura, or else from any part of the country, should start thinking on this new exciting career that the city has to offer. 

So, readers perpetuate this message to your relatives, friends, they should take a note on this career avenues – their FUTURE IS BRIGHT. 

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Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Bangladesh: Journalist Sangram Singha beaten up by fundamentalist, now in hospital

It seems the newly formed government in Bangladesh under Sheikh Hasina has not been able to nailed down the Islamic fundamentalist in the country, take this – a reputed senior reporter Sangram Singha, a Bishnupriya Manipuri, associated with a Bengali daily ‘The Daily Jugantor’ was abducted, and beaten up mercilessly while he was going to his office in Sylhet. 

Sangram Singha who is also associated with ‘ETV Sylhet’ was abducted when he reached at Tibbia College allegedly by cadres of the Moulabadi terrorist group. After taking him in their custody, they washed off their hands on him. 

At present he is admitted at Osmania Medical College for treatment. Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Bangladesh and abroad has condemned the attack on the journalist and has demanded to bring the culprits under the book. 

The news of the Sangram Singha’s abduction was carried extensively on the front page of newspapers published from Sylhet, Bangladesh. 

He was abducted on 9 January 2009 at 7 pm. 

It is a high time, we, the Bishnupriya Manipuri people of India and in abroad, should condemn the attack on him. 

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Monday, 12 January 2009

Prepaid connections to be banned in Northeast India from Feb 22

From February 22, our brothers in North-eastern part of the country in the state of Assam and Tripura, will not be able to communicate through their mobile, if they are using pre-paid connections. The center is mulling to clamp down on pre-paid connections not only in the north-eastern states but as well as in the state of terrorist-infested Jammu and Kashmir. 

Readers in Bangladesh, and to other countries, for them it would come as a bit of General Knowledge-update that in India there exist a cellular divide between the seven-northeastern states and the rest of the country. Pre-paid users from other states of India are not allowed ‘roaming’ facility in the northeastern states. At the same time to avail the cellular facility in Assam and Tripura (include other states) it is a game altogether different. It is very strict. 

Now when the country is ushering into a 3G cellular service at the end of the year rolled out by private operators. It has to be seen when this third generation service will be available in the north-eastern states. So far, the introduction of mobile services in these states had been, not-to-say, too late and uncompetitive. 

Source: The Economic Times (January 9, 2008)

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Saturday, 10 January 2009

Sagar Pur begs the highest population of Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi

The Sagarpur area in Delhi is one area where the concentration of Bishnupriya Manipuri shows the highest population from all places in the capital of India. The Bishnupriya Manipuris living in Delhi are sprinkled all around the metro city from the posh area of South Extension, CR Park to the less developed areas like Najafgarh. 

See the chart.

The population of Bishnupriya Manipuri people living in Delhi could be believed the highest among all metros in India, keeping apart the areas in Assam and Tripura. The influx of such a large population of the Bishnupriya Manipuri people is a proof of the meteoric rise of India Inc. and the prospect of job opportunity that the city provides to them.

What are the reasons that the Sagarpur got the highest number of Bishnupriya Manipuri living in Delhi? 

(1) Friends-bring- friends: This is one reason that worked as catalyst making the area as mini-Bishnupriya Manipuri town. Most of the residents are young boys in early twenties who have brought their friends and relatives.

(2) Rs 1700~Rs 2000 Rent: The room rent in the area swing between Rs 1500~ Rs 2000, in USD 31.6 U.S. dollars to 42.11400 U.S. dollars. The rooms are shared by two to three people. More than three people sharing a room are not allowed.

(3) Connectivity: Is one more factor that has made this area the highest concentration of Bishnupriya Manipuri people. It is near to the call centre hub Gurgaon and other business areas of Delhi. Most of the boys work in call centre and in retail. 

Other areas in Delhi where Bishnupriya Manipuri people are sprinkled include: Dwarka, Madangiri, Munirka Village, Palam, Khanpur, Lakshmi Nagar, Mahipalpur, Dakshinpuri, Manglapuri, Inder Puri, Malviya Nagar, Mehrauli, Patparganj, Khanpur. 

Note: The data used is NOT exclusive. 

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Assam-based Chandrakanti Production is releasing video album Purnimar Junak

By Santosh Kumar Singha, Mangalore

Under the banner of Assam-based Chandrakanti Production, a new video album "Purnimar Junak" is soon going to hit the market. The Bishnupriya Manipuri video album is directed by Subhendu Sinha from Guwahati, Assam. 

Shoot in picturesque location of North-eastern part of India, with its high-quality cinematic standard, melodious song, Preeti Sinha has rendered her voice, and lyrics by Chandrakanti Sinha (Dulobchara, Assam), the video is believed will sync well with the Bishnupriya Manipuri masses. 

Choreographed by Sunny Raj and Joli Bora, other members in the team includes - Kamal Sinha (Kailashahar), Biki ( Karimganj), Kishor Mukharjee (DulobChara) and Rahul Sinha (Garorband) as actors; and Rubi (Shillong), Konika ( Kailashahar ), Jeshmin (Guwahati), Rinki (Garorband) , Pinki Sharma & Anita (Dulobchara) as actresses. 

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Thursday, 8 January 2009

Trio Jyotirmoy Sinha, Brahmanand Sinha and Henryy Sinha launch

In the constellation of many Web entities that are clogging on the internet landscape, all catering to the niche Bishnupriya Manipuri community, comes another latest entry the

Why one more addition in the internet world? Jyotirmoy Sinha, who owns the site, states “to de-clot the great Arjun’s blood in our veins and bring to life the proud Bishnupriya Manipuri in all of us.” The will run on two-word philosophy – Thakat and Belai. Encourage the right. Condemn the wrong.

However the biggest trigger that had prompted him to launch the site was the feeling to conquer a space in the cyber world for the Bishnupriya Manipuris. “It is our dream to make the Bishnupriya Manipuris a tech savvy community” states Jyotirmoy Sinha in the site.

He has dedicated the site to his parents Mr. Jatindra Kumar Sinha, Mrs. Sefalika Sinha and to the entire Bishnupriya Manipuri community.

Brahmanand Sinha, CEO,, adds “to inculcate the sense of proud Bishnupriya Manipuri, to develop the sense of belongingness” in the CEO space in the site. He further writes, the purpose of the site was to learn and indoctrinate the best, to propagate the importance of Dakula, Ishalpa, Leirikula, Kholpangpa and their existence; and to felicitate the unsung community heroes, to condemn snobbish and lackadaisical attitudes of pretended heroes.

The New Delhi-based site is manned by team of active members from Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Mangalore and Bangalore. Henryy Sinha will be in the helm of Editorial and Communication for the site.

Henryy Sinha, at the time of writing this piece, has started his editorial journey with the article on "Why Was Bimal Sinha Assassinated?". 

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Sangathan, Pune, organises a picnic at NDA, Khadakvasla on Jan 4, 2008

From Digital Gaga

The Bishnupriya Manipuri Kalyan Sangathan, Pune, organised a picnic on the eve of New Year in the woods of National Defence Academy, Khadakvasla, Pune on 4th January 2009.

Members from Mumbai reached the picnic spot, before Punities, at 0930 hrs. The entire arrangement was done in the Army fashion i.e. the erection of pandel with shamiana and truck load of furniture. The whole celebration was organised by Col. Nani Kumar Sinha. The Punabasi arrived at around 1030 hrs after a long search of the picnic spot.

At around 1100 hrs all the members and their families took their seats in the pandel to observe 1-minute silence for the departed soul of late Advocate Krishna Sinha, father of Srimati Kumkum Sinha, the Deputy Director of Education, Assam. Late Krishna ukil was the pioneer of the construction of Sri Sri Bhubaneswar Sadhu Thakur mandir at his birthplace at Baropua, presently known as Bhubaneswar Nagar. He was a silent social worker, and he left us for heavenly abode on 1st January 2009.
As usual the picnic program started with distribution of snacks with cold drinks to the children, followed by adults. There were plenty of group discussions among different age groups, especially among ladies. There were children’s game and dances where elders also joined them. 
The food preparation was done in a traditional manner i.e. with firewood and traditional menu. The mouth watering papaya chinchu and kholor irolpa - it was a ladies special. The food was served by purijelei. The gathering was of about sixty five including children. 

There was a snap meeting, before dispersion, where Sri Rebati Mohan Sinha briefed about the disbursement of money to the bomb blast victims at Guwahati, also reminded the gathering of forthcoming Adhibesan of Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha at Kailashahar, Tripura on 13, 14 & 15th Feb.2009 and the Adhibesan of Sri Sri Radha Madhavjiu Seva Puja Parichalan Samiti at Maligaon, Guwahati on 15,16 and 17th March 2009. 
On behalf of Bishnupriya Manipuri Mumbaities and Punities, Sri Rebati Mohan Sinha thanked Col.N.K.Sinha for the marvelous arrangement for the occasion.

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An Introspection

I consider myself a decent Bishnupriya Manipuri; I speak the language, follow rituals whenever and however possible. My idea of contributing my community was limited to be an ambassador, a representative of my community; do good in what I’m doing. With every recognition comes my identity and then I would be probably introducing myself as a proud Bishnupriya. But the big question is, is that enough?? By Prabal Atreya

I am an average person with decent EQ, attitude, geo-politico-socio-cultural awareness (and all such termsJ) and doing so-so in my career blended with motivation. I’ve had pretty decent upbringing and exposure, my parents being rich on their own knowledge base and very active on the social front. They always offered to get me the best of our culture; probably I shied away deep inside. But I’ve got pretty decent amount of resources to expand my horizons overall, to say so. I think I speak my mother language pretty well, understand the rituals and practices, and abide by those. I would expect a call from my mom on every auspicious day- “Baba! Aaji niramish kheis”, “Ee haptaat gore giya dou homa ditangai, ti upeit to dou homadis”. (I stay away from my parents). Now why so much of self promotion? I’m coming there.

You know, this was all part of the root cause analysis that I was talking about. If I had a very normal background so to say, then why don’t I have enough reasons to talk and write about in the community where everybody is trying to contribute? Even I wanted to participate, but why am I not confident about certain things. Why don’t I have the facts and figures in place to discuss things? Why don’t I have sufficient information about the student unions, Mahasabha, their highs and the lows? Why did not I read upon any Bisnupriya Manipuri author, poet; I did have enough time.

Why can’t I appreciate the poem that a certain Mr. Jyotirmoy has scripted? I fairly understood the language, then what was missing in me. Why can’t I write in Bishnupriya Manipuri the way Santosh comments with the proper language? Why can’t I be as proficient as Henryy Da like his Bishnupriya Manipuri equals to his 1st and 2nd language? Why don’t I know about the impact of our student unions, its geographical presence etc? Do I make a sincere effort to spell check the Bishnupriya Manipuri that I speak or write, the way I’m doing while I’m writing this piece? I used to score pretty decently in history during my formative years and most importantly the interest was there. Then why don’t I have sufficient insights in the history of Bishnupriya Manipuri, its revolutionary period, the Martyr’s, and so on, the origin of Rajar gaon and Madoigaon apart from the mere difference in language; bits and pieces would be an understatement for me. Why don’t I have so much of conviction to write like Mr.Rishikesh does? For he surely believes in what he has known and many more.

I’m sure this kind of questions would have come up in many among us. I tried to get an answer for many of these. Got few answers, many in ‘ifs and buts’ and a lot in ‘maybe/maynotbe’. I thought I knew my language; the flow of thought was clear, speech clear. But when I read all of these, I still feel I’m missing some things. Although I speak the language like any other person in Silchar would. I got an answer, probably it’s the same difference between Lingo and Language is. But I could have been abreast with Bishnupriya Manipuri literature. Then there were answers like- “I guess I was not inquisitive enough to know”. Others like “No! Maybe I was interested but I had to prioritize on other aspects of my personal developments”. Sometimes like- “I wanted to know but I did not have the ready-made resources in place to know more about it. There’s one answer though which I got instantly- “If I don’t know so many things, then how can I be confident to write and speak in the way I would have liked to!!” All my thoughts revolved around in a vicious circle.

I consider myself a decent Bishnupriya Manipuri; I speak the language, follow rituals whenever and however possible. My idea of contributing my community was limited to be an ambassador, a representative of my community; do good in what I’m doing and getting recognized as a Bishnupriya Manipuri who did well in his domain. With every recognition comes my identity and then I would be probably introducing myself as a proud Bishnupriya. But the big question is, is that enough?? I’ll keep doing the things that I have been doing. My next generation would clearly be devoid of the misses I had; on top of it, there is this huge task of knowledge transfer which is never 100%. They would, at some point of time, even after I inject the right genes and strength to survive, would have many of these basic questions. To talk of the worst, my family would be loosing out on my cultural heritage generation after generation. And I have no choice but to be accountable for the blunder that I’ve done and still continuing.

Cultural heritage won’t remain the same, it is bound to change. But here’s the catch; the difference between good and bad is the same as expansion and extinction of a culture. Variety of inter-related circumstances acts as catalysts- like a change in economics leading to change in social structure and then hit the cultural part. But we preserve our cultural base, restore it and then pass it on to the next. How do we do that? This is the question that looms around the human race. Many in the world thought about it, gone thru successfully by and large and few who failed as well.

But I’m sure it was possible for them because they all had a collective vision. I’m sure they had this undying hunger in them to be identified and counted among the rest as a community notwithstanding their individual aspirations and success. I’m sure they must have had collectively chosen the right leader among themselves to represent, manage and stand for the cause (Henryy Da’s point on Choosing the right leaders, very true). I’m sure they would have established accountability along with their planning. I believe they would have taken lessons from the past but not included them into the discussion table for further criticism. And most importantly, they could not have done it without the efforts of the people at large. A leader is as good as his men, they say!

I sincerely feel any step intended for socio-cultural awareness makes a difference. I would like to thank all the Bishnupriya Manipuri netizens for having thought of this and going on so well. I would like to applaud for Rishikesh (bear with me, Sir! Am late for the showJ) for having initiated this forum. As I said in a comment, we now need to look ahead. I’m sure we’ll touch upon many of the things mentioned earlier on this passage as we go ahead in the year on a positive note. Also, making it reach out to as many as possible. Let’s be on a platform so that we all can echo the voices and have the sentiments flowing within us!

“Giri-Githaani- Bhul truti thaila khoma kore dibaang”. This footer note is a sorry statement of the same inconfident guy! :)

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Monday, 5 January 2009

Life History of Pt. Nilmadhab Sinha

Pt.Nilmadhab Sinha was born on 11th February, 1922 to Smt Madalei Devi and Sri Tailen Singha Choudhury, the Zamindar of Shingari & Norsingpur in Cachar District, Assam and Jiribham, now in Manipur. The third child amongst three brothers and a sister, he had always taken keen interest in the cultural gatherings that were an integral part of the Zamindar household.

The artiste in Nilmadhab is born:

It was a one-act play performed at a gathering at Tailen Choudhury’s malthep that left a deep impact on Nilmadhab, a boy of eight years then. At a similar gathering then aged nine, he himself got his first chance to perform as Bal-Krishna, in the Falaharini episode in the Udukhal. Overwhelmed with the act, he delivered such dialogues which were never taught to him in the rehearsals. The audience and vaishnavites predicted that evening that the boy would grow up to be a man of values. Once during a Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha at Silchar wherein Sri Arun Chanda (Congress Leader & Educationist) was the Chief-Guest, Nilmadhab sang the welcome song. So impressed was the Chief Guest that he drew the boy into a warm embrace and blessed him. Another time during a programme to honour Sri Kunjalal Sinha, the boy then aged twelve sang ‘Naba Ghana Shyam’ to win over Kunjalal’s heart, who suggested to Madalei Devi that the boy be sent to Calcutta to learn Music.

The journey to Calcutta:

In the summer of 1935, then aged thirteen, Nilmadhab took a train to Calcutta along with a family friend. Once in Calcutta, he took refuge in the out house of Zamindar Sri Naren Basu Mallik. Guru Senarik Singha Rajkumar, who was also staying there, found the boy extremely talented and recommended him to Sushila Nangor, a singer who was engaged with Senola Recording Company. It was at Senola, during the rehearsal of an album of devotional songs, Nilmadhab was singing ‘Sukhe Radha Shyam’ which caught the attention of a close associate of Thakurbari of Jorasanko(Rabindranath Tagore’s Calcutta residence). He took him to Smt Rama Kar(a grand daughter of Tagore) and hearing the boy sing, she decided to teach him Rabindra Sangeet. It became a daily routine for Nilmadhab to visit Jorasanko Thakurbari and take music lessons.

The child artist is noticed by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore:

The year 1936, having returned from Kalimpong, Rabindranath was resting on his balcony at Jorasanko. The sweet strains of a young voice floated in with the cool evening breeze – ‘Bhenge Mor Ghorer Chabi Niye Jabi Ke Amare’. Tagore summoned daughter-in-law, Protima Devi and sent her to search the voice. It was Nilmadhab singing! She embraced him and told him how much Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore had liked his singing- ‘Would he be interested in learning music at Shantiniketan?’ How could he say ‘No’. He was informed to be there at Jorasanko at 8:00 am the next morning to accompany Gurudev to Shantiniketan. Having arrived too early at 6:00 am on the appointed day, his friends took him to the terrace for games. Having lost count of time, when he came down from the terrace, he came to know that Protima Devi had looked around for him and left. The sobbing child was calmed down soon as Protima Devi had instructed the care-taker to send Nilmadhab by the next morning train to Bolpur (the nearest railway station for Shantiniketan). It was a journey which Nilmadhab will never forget. As instructed, when he reached Bolpur, he was received by Tagore’s driver and taken to the abode of Gurudev. What followed was like a dream, with Protima Devi to take care of him, to stay in Uttarayan, meeting such personalities as Nanda Lal Basu, Kshiti Mohan Shastry, Ramdhari Kinkar, Charles F Andrews, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru & Mahatma Gandhi (when they visited the Poet). To mention, Smt Indira Gandhi was his batch mate for some time, Satyajit Ray was persuing studies at Kalabhavan, Kanika Bandopadhyay & Suchitra Mitra were his class mates. Nilmadhab completed his matriculation in 1939.

Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was to leave an indelible impression on Nilmadhab:

Malati, then aged 13 years, the youngest daughter of Shri Gopal Singha and Shrimati Kundavali Singha of Dharam, Silchar, Assam was married to Shri Nilmadhab Sinha. It was still remembered that he had published a poem describing the beautiful Malati flower in Sri Samarjit Sinha's monthly newspaper that time.

-Rehearsals for Barsha-Mangal, 1940 were on. As Nilmadhab would sing, Tagore would smile. Later on he asked Protima Devi to find out as to why the Poet was smiling. Protima Devi got him the answer that Gurudev was wondering as to how this young fellow was putting so much of his soul into his compositions which may not be fully understood at his age. Impressed, Gurudev asked him to sing solo- ‘Esho Shyamala Sundaro’ during the function.

-During Halo-Karshan Utsav, 1941, Gurudev suddenly asks Nilmadhab to dance. Inspired and enthused, he breaks into an impromptu Manipuri dance which enchants Gurudev who wants the boy to dance a similar one during the Poet’s Birthday celebrations to follow soon. Coming from the lips of Gurudev was a big honour but the boy replied-‘No he wouldn’t dance any more’ Tagore was enraged and expressed his feelings to Sri Shailajaranjan Majumdar. Shailaja confronted the boy and the reason he conveyed to the poet: Nilmadhab feared that dancing would affect his vocal chords and would disturb his main goal of life – to learn music. Gurudev could not control his laughter at the boy’s misconcepts.

-Rabindranath Tagore’s last birthday celebrations in 1941 which the poet was to witness.
Shailajaranjan coaxed the boy into getting ready for the dance that momentous day. When Nilmadhab, adorned with garlands of white flowers danced to the accompaniment of Dhak played by Guru Atomba Singh, Kabiguru was overjoyed and blessed him-“You will go a long way in your excellence in the field of music.” The Poet’s deteriorating health made him shift to Jorasanko and three months later, on 7th August1941, he breathed his last. In the condolence meeting when Nilmadhab sang-‘Tui Fele Esechis Mon, Mon Re Amar’ Abanindranath Thakur was overwhelmed and embraced the boy who was nicknamed – Manipuri Beta by Rabindranath Tagore.

Nilmadhab is chosen the ambassador for spreading Rabindra Culture:

Pt Nilmadhav Sinha seated on right hand side of Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Ex-Prime Minister of India, during rendition of songs directed by him at an Annual event at Rama Krishna Mission, New Delhi, 1962

He was a scholar in receipt of scholarship from Bengal Govt in the period 1939-1942.He completed his Diploma Course from Shantiniketan and was given to teach Rabindra Sangeet at Shantiniketan. Later he was sent by Protima Devi outside Bengal to spread Rabindra Culture.

-On invitation at Banga Sahitya Sammelan Benares when Nilmadhab sang to the accompaniment of veena played by the then Raja of Maimensingh, the Chief-Guest
Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan was mesmerized.

-On invitation from Rajshahi Vishwavidyalay(now in Bangladesh)in 1942, he was sent by Vishwabharati University to teach Rabindra Sangeet .

-1940s saw the importance of Rabindra Culture to spread outside Bengal. Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru spearheaded this project and Nilmadhab Sinha was deputed to Lucknow for the same. Dibyendu Basu, the son of the then Justice of Lucknow Court, asked him to stay in his father’s home at 1, A P Sen Road, an important place for all the stalwarts of Lucknow to conglomerate. An association which grew into Nilmadhab being known as the youngest son of the Basu household. As he taught Rabindra Sangeet at Lucknow, on the insistence of Prof Siddhanta, the then Vice Chancellor of Lucknow University, he enrolled himself with the Bhatkhande University, Lucknow and went on to complete his B.A & M.A in Hindustani Classical Music. He was fortunate enough to get trained under Pt S N Ratanjhankar. Thereafter he taught at Marris Music College, Bhatkhande Univ. from 1946-1949.

-1950, he received a letter from Protima Devi that Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru the then Prime-Minister of India and the Chancellor of Vishva Bharati, Shantiniketan wanted to spread Rabindra Culture in the Capital. Nilmadhab Sinha was deputed for the same. Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen’s father, Sri Ashutosh Sen was posted in Delhi that time. He personally helped Nilmadhab Sinha settle down in Delhi. Lady Irwin Education Society, Delhi, provided him with a job and he set out to complete the mission handed out to him.

- Delhi University celebrated the 1st International Sanskrit Day, staging Buddha Charita,directed by him.

- The instrumental rendition of the national anthem on the 15th of August, that had long been the prerogative of the Army Band, gave way to the voices of Delhi’s children, taught by Nilmadhab Sinha, to sing Jana Gana Mana at Red Fort from 1951 onwards when the Prime Minister hoisted the flag.

- Vande Mataram as tuned by Rabindranath Tagore was sung for the first time on Teacher’s Day in presence of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and there on he popularised it
by rendering it at many an important function. Later on in conjunction with Mr Anil Biswas of AIR, it was simplified for public singing.

- Starting 1952, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru had him present cultural events every year on 14th November. In one of such events, he had 1000 girls doing a Manipuri dance item at National Stadium which was highly acclaimed by the Press and Raj Kapoor’s film, ‘Ab Dilli Door Nahin’ captured it.

- 1950-1960, he was engaged with the Government assignments. Among those whom India welcomed with Nilmadhab Sinha’s songs were Russian Premier Bulganin, Queen Elizabeth II, Saudi King Saud, Russian President Kruschev, First Lady of the US Jacqueline Kennedy, Maharaja Mahendra of Nepal and so on.

- He gave music to poems written by eminent national poets like Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Suryakant Tripathi etc. While singing Kavi Nirala’s poem ‘Varde Varde Veenavadini Varde’ at Ramlila Maidan, he was conferred upon with Acharya title in the presence of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Justice Das of Supreme Court.

- 1937-1942, he was an AIR-Calcutta artist. He was the first Bishnupriya Manipuri to broadcast Rabindra Sangeet.

- 1948-1949, he broadcasted Rabindra Sangeet from Dhaka Radio.

- 1942-1949 he broadcasted the weekly Rabindra Sageet programme from AIR Lucknow.

- 1950-1966, he was an AIR artist broadcasting Rabindra Sangeet from Delhi, Imphal, Kohima and Gauhati radio stations. He lent his voice for the in-house production of the English translated version of Gitanjali aired by AIR.

- 1961, Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth Centenary programme arranged by the Govt. of India saw Acharya Nilmadhab Sinha presenting the opening and the closing items.

- 1960-1966, he took lessons on Dhrupad Gayaki form of Hindustani Classical Music from Ustad Nasir Moin-ud-din Dagar and became a singer of the Dagar Gharana.

- 1982, at the World Medical Congress held in Delhi, he was given to sing the inaugural Sanskrit Shlokas where upon the Chief Guest Dr Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, the then President of India could not help appreciating his renditions.

- 1982, Acharya Nilmadhab Sinha was awarded by Vishwa Bharati University and Govt. of West Bengal for his lifetime contributions in popularizing Rabindra Sangeet.

- 1990, at Dhrupad Samaroh held at Jaipur, Dagar family invited him to open the event with his classical recital.

- 1991-1992, he headed the Department of Music at Gandharva Ved Vishwavidyapeeth and was conferred upon the title of Pandit Nilmadhab Sinha. In 1993, he was chosen by Maharshi Mahesh Yogi Trust as an ambassador to popularize Indian Music at several foreign destinations but an untimely illness which immediately required hospitalization, prevented him from completing this mission.

Pt Nilmadhab Sinha being felicitated on 24th February, 2007 by Dr. Sunil Guha, Ex- Director - International Labour Organisation.

- 2007,February, music lovers from all over India felicitated him at a glittering function held in the Millennium City, Gurgaon wherein the Ex-Director of International Labour Organisation, Dr Sunil Guha honoured him on the occasion.

To some known as Acharya, to some as Mastermoshai or Pandit Nilmadhab, he has devoted his life to Music which he imbibed from Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Prof.S N Ratanjhankar and Ustad Nasir Moinuddin Dagar. Many students under his tutelage have got Ph.D in Music, receiving scholarship from Delhi University and Sangeet Natak Academy. Being the first Bishnupriya Manipuri to settle down in Delhi, he eagerly helped many Bishnupriya Manipuris to find job opportunities in the capital who later on established themselves in Delhi. Today as he leads a life devoted to Hari Naam and Dhyanam, he can be contacted on Mobile No: +919818482160

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