Aribam Syam Sharma

Aribam Syam Sharma is an Indian film director and composer from Manipur in India. He debuted in the Manipur film scene as an actor in the movie Matamgi Manipur. In 1974, he directed his first movie Lamja Parshuram. Lamja Parshuram became the first Manipur film to run for 100 days in the box office. His 1980 film Olangthagee Wangmadasoo was the first ever and the only Manipur film to run for more 25 weeks. The film ran for 32 weeks at the box office.

Aribam Syam Sharma
Aribam Syam Sharma Working Photo.jpg
Born (1936-03-21) 21 March 1936 (age 83)
Imphal, Manipur, India
OccupationFilm director, Singer, Music composer
AwardsGolden Montgolfiere (1982)
Padma Shri (2006)
V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
Kamal Kumari National Award (2009)
Jewel of Manipuri Cinema (2015)

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

His 1990 film Ishanou (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] But, he returned the award in February 2019 to protest against the Indian Government's decision to enact the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.[3][4]

He was conferred with the Jewel of Manipuri Cinema Award on 14 May 2015 by the Film Forum of Manipur and the Manipur State Film Development Society.[5]


Year Title Role Other notes
1972 Matamgi Manipur Actor, Music Director Feature
1974 Lamja Parshuram Director Feature
1976 Saphabee Director Feature
1979 Olangthagee Wangmadasoo Director Feature
1981 Imagi Ningthem Director, Music Director Feature
1983 Paokhum Ama Director Feature
1986 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 Ishanou Director, Music Director Feature
1990 Indigenous Games of Manipur Director Non-Feature
1991 Meitei Pung Director Non-Feature
1992 Lai Haraoba Director Non-Feature
1993 Orchids of Manipur Director Non-Feature
1995 Yelhou Jagoi Director Non-Feature
1995 Sanabi Director, Music Director Feature
1998 Shingnaba Director Feature
1998 Loktak: The Dying Lake of Manipur Director Non-Feature
1999 Thang-Ta - The Martial Art of Manipur Director Non-Feature
2000 Paari Director 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
2011 Miraang Director Feature
2012 Leipaklei Director Feature
2012 Manipuri Pony Director Non-Feature
2013 Dasha Director Feature
2014 Kangla Director Non-Feature
2018 Raas Leelas of Manipur Director Non-Feature
2019 Nongphadok Lakpa Atithi Music Director, Screenplay Writer, Director Feature


  • Living Shadows (2006)[6]
  • Eshei Binodinigi (2014)
  • Modern Manipuri Music and Me (2014)
  • Manipuri Cinema: Eigi Paodam (2016)[7]


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

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