Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla inaugurated the MK Binodini Devi Anniversary Memorial 2018 at the Centenary Hall, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal on Wednesday.
The MK Binodini Devi Anniversary Memorial, 2018 comprises, ‘From Page to Screen’ – a retrospective of the films of Aribam Syam Sharma including the Digital Restoration Premiere of Imagi Ningthem – My son, My precious (Grand Prix winner, 1981).
Dr Heptulla who is the Chief Rector of Manipur University paying her tribute to MK Binodini Devi, said due to the outstanding works of late MK Binodini Devi, she has become an admirer of the great lady although she missed the opportunity of meeting her. Despite being born in an influential family, Binodini Devi, popularly known as Imasi, could think and worry about the people of the state which is full of literature, music and culture. She was the true representative of the aspiration and life of the Manipuri people.
She said the contribution made by her, in the field of Manipuri film undoubtedly qualifies for well deserved appreciation. The Government of India recognizing her remarkable achievement and contribution in the field of music, drama, dance, film and literature, awarded the Padma Shree in 1976. It is praiseworthy and highly creditable that some of the stories authored by her are included in the curriculum of schools and colleges in the state today, she added.
MK Binodini made global impact with films (9 feature films and 4 documentaries) and her collaboration with Aribam Syam Sharma resulted in landmark films like Imagi Ningthem, the documentary film, Sangai – Dancing Deer of Manipur (British Film Institute Outstanding Film of the year Award, 1989) and feature film Ishanou (Un Certain Regard Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 1991).
Governor also launched a book entitled “The Himalayan Arc – Journeys East of Southeast” edited by Namita Gokhale. A documentary film “Binodini: A Writer’s Life” directed by Aribam Syam Sharma was also screened followed by digital premiere of “Imagi Ningthem – My Son, My Precious”.
Presiding over the function, Prof W Vishwanath, Department of Life Sciences, Manipur University, said the programme will pave a way towards the brighter future of Manipuri cinema, script writing, cinematography and enhance the standard of film-making in Manipur.
Renowned film personality Aribam Syam Sharma, members from the Film Fraternity, Members of Imasi foundation and students of Mass Communication of Manipur University attended the opening function of the MK Binodini Devi Anniversary Memorial, 2018 which will conclude on February 24.