Elam Endira Devi
Born (1954-09-01) 1 September 1954 (age 69)
OccupationClassical dancer
SpouseHaobam Manigopal Singh
Children2 daughters and 3 sons
Parent(s)Elam Bidhumani Singh
Elam Rosomani Devi
AwardsPadma Shri

Elam Endira Devi, is an Indian classical dancer and teacher, known for her expertise and scholarship in the classical dance form of Manipuri, especially in the genres of Lai Haraoba and Raas.[1] The Government of India honored her, in 2014, with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, for her services to the field of art and culture.[2]


Lai haraoba.

Imparting training in dances in the form of regular exercise in order to bring up children through acquiring of profound knowledge in our cultural and traditional dances with the moulding of their character, discipline and maintaining their physical fitness. says Elam Endira Devi[3]

Born on 1 September 1954 to Elam Bidhumani Singh and Elam Rosomani Devi at Khwai Nagamapal Singjubung Leirak, Imphal, in the north east Indian state of Manipur, Elam Indira Devi started learning Manipuri dance at the early age of eight, under the tutelage of Guru Lourembam Amuyaima Singh.[3] Later, she studied under teachers such as R. K. Akesana, Padmashree Maisnam Amubi Singh,[4] Thingbaijam Babu Singh and Thiyam Tarunkumar Singh, before joining JN Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal for the Diploma course where she had the opportunity to learn under R. K. Priyogopal Sana, Yumshanbi Maibi, Thambalngou, Ng Kumar Maibi and Haobam Nganbi. She passed the Diploma course of Nitya Charya in 1967.[3]

Simultaneously, she maintained her curricular studies and secured BA and later, MA in Manipuri Culture and Literarture, in 1979, from Guwahati University. Meanwhile, she continued her studies in dance as well and, with the assistance of Young Artist Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, the Government of India, completed post graduate degrees in Raas in 1979, and in Lai haraoba in 1984.[1][3][5]

Endira Devi has performed in a feature film, Matamgi Manipur, which won the National Film Award for the best film in Meitei, in 1972.[3][5] She has also performed at many regional, national and international stages.[3] Some of the notable international performances are:

Endira Devi has also participated in many ballets and dance dramas.[3]

Endira Devi is married to Haobam Manigopal Singh and the couple has three sons and two daughters.

Meitei Traditional Dance Teaching School and Performing Centre

In 1993, Endira Devi founded the Meitei Traditional Dance Teaching School and Performing Centre[6] at Imphal and is the Director of the Institute ever since.[5] The institute a centre for learning classical and traditional dances and ballets[7] and is recognized by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.[8]


Endira Devi has held various noteworthy positions such as:[3]

She is a Life Member of the UNESCO Club Association of India since 2009 and has been serving as an Expert commentator on Manipuri Dance at the All India Radio, Imphal - from 1989 onwards.[3] She has also worked as the guest lecturer for University Grants Commission at the Academic Staff College, Manipur University from 2001 to 2012[3][5] and is currently working as the Senior Guru at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy Manipur,[10] Imphal, since 1996.[1]

Awards and recognitions


Elam Endira Devi has published four books on Manipuri dance and culture.

  1. Elam Indira Devi (1998). Lai Haraoba Wakhallon Paring - Series of Thoughts on Lai Haraoba.
  2. Meitei Jagoigi Chaorakpa Saktam (a glimpse of Manipuri Dance) - 1998[3]
  3. Lai Haraoba Anoi Eeshei - 2001[3]
  4. Lai Haraoba Anoi Warol - 2002[3]
  5. Dances of Lai Haraoba (under publication)[3]

Lai Haraoba Wakhallon Paring (Series of thoughts on Lai-haraoba)[1][13] won the Gold Medal from Naharol Sahitya Premi Samiti, Imphal in 2002[5]

She has also presented several papers and delivered many lectures at various seminars and conferences at national and international level.[3]

Manipuri dance gallery

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Sunil Kothari (26 November 2011). "Sunil Kothari Column". Narthaki.com. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Circular. Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Daniel Chabungbam (2014). "Elam Indira Devi (Padmashree Awardee in the field of Dance ) A Profile". Web article. E Pao. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Maisnam Amubi Singh". Oxford University Press. 2011. ISBN 9780195650983. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Bhagyachandra National Festival of Classical Dance 2011 : Part 2". E Pao. 14 November 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  6. ^ "MTDTSPC Profile". Indi mapped.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Kangla Online". Kangla Online.com. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  8. ^ "MTDTSPC" (PDF). Ministry of Culture. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Centre for Cultural Resources and Training". Centre for Cultural Resources and Training. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  10. ^ "JN Manipur Dance Academy". Kendra Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  11. ^ "List of Padma awardees". The Hindu. PTI. 25 January 2014. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 23 February 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: others (link)
  12. ^ "Padma Awards full list: Narendra Dabholkar, Kamal Haasan, Leander Paes to be honoured". The Indian Express. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  13. ^ Mariko Namba Walter, Eva Jane Neumann Fridman (2004). Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, Volume 1. ANC Clio. pp. 1055. ISBN 9781576076453.