Thingbaijam Babu Singh
Born (1936-02-08) 8 February 1936 (age 87)
Lairensajik, Manipur, India
Occupation(s)Classical dancer
Known forManipuri dance
AwardsPadma Shri
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

Thingbaijam Babu Singh was an Indian classical dancer, academic and choreographer of the Indian classical dance form of Manipuri.[1] He was the Pradhan Guru (chief instructor) of Pung and Raas traditions of Manipuri dance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy of the Sangeet Natak Akademi.[2] Born on 8 February 1936 at Lairensajik, a small village in the state of Manipur, he was known to have been one of the notable choreographers[3] and teachers of Manipuri dance and had a long line of renowned performers such as Elam Endira Devi, Ibemubi Devi,[4] and Priti Patel, as his students.[5] Singh was the author of a book, Meitei Punglon Raga Ahouba,[6] and was a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for the year 1990.[7] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2007, for his contributions to Manipuri dance.[8]

See also


  1. ^ "Thingbaijam Babu Singh on Oxford Index". Oxford University Press. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  2. ^ "JNMDA - Gurus (1954-2006)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Bharatnatyam meets Manipuri dance in Lianda's experimental dance drama 'Aavas'". Imphal Free Press. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Ibemubi Devi". E Pao. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Priti Patel". Imphal Free Press. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  6. ^ Jamini Devi (2010). Cultural History of Manipur. Mittal Publications. pp. 132 of 140. ISBN 9788183243421.
  7. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.