Sougaijam Thanil Singh
Manipur, India
OccupationClassical dancer
Known forManipuri dance, Nata Sankirtana
ParentS. Ksher Singh
AwardsPadma Shri
Manipuri State Kala Academy Award
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award
Baidya Ratna Award

Sougaijam Thanil Singh is an Indian classical dancer, known for his proficiency in the classical dance forms of Manipuri and Nata Sankirtana.[1] Born to S. Ksher Singh, a Manipuri dancer, in the Northeast Indian state of Manipur, he received his early training from his father as well as Guru Tombi Sharma, Guru Bhaigchandra Singh and Guru Koireng Singh.[2] Later, he studied Manipuri dance and Nata Sankirtana, under Maisnam Amubi Singh, renowned dancer and Padma Shri awardee, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal, securing a diploma and a post graduate diploma, respectively, in the disciplines.[1]

Joining his alma mater as a member of faculty, he rose in ranks to become the Pradhan Guru[2] and superannuated as the director of the institution.[3] He has performed on many stages in India and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India and a recipient of the 1980 Manipuri State Kala Academy Award.[2] He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1994,[4] followed by Baidya Ratna Award of the Manipur Sahitya Parishad.[2] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2005, for his contributions to Indian classical dance.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Guru S. Thanil Singh". Indian Institute of Technology Rourkee. 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Brief on Guru Sougaijam Thanil Singh (Padmashree)". Spic Macay. 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Energy packed performance". The Hindu. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winners list". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2015. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.