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About Kalakshetra Manipur

Established on July 19, 1969 with Heisnam Kanhailal as founder-director, Kalakshetra Manipur (KKM) got registered under Societies’ Registration Act of 1860. As KKM believes in a continuous process of ‘renewal of ancestral tradition’ for a contemporary cultural expression as the progeny of an ethno-socio tradition of Manipur. The artists of the group endeavour to learn […]

If winter’s here, can theatre be far behind?

Source: Draupadi is a story about marginalised people who are continually oppressed by the powers that be. The protagonist, Draupadi (played by Heisnam Sabitri), an indigenous woman, fights against the atrocities being committed against her tribe. Ultimately, her husband Dulna is arrested and killed by the police. Draupadi, too, falls in their clutches. So what […]

Manipuri theatre in a disappointing stage: Padmashree Kanhailal

Source:   IMPHAL, May 13: Padmashree Heisnam Kanhailal is the founder of the Kalakshetra Manipur, an institute that started the tradition for an alternative theatre and that distinguished the maestro from his peer. He is often described as the man who broke the new trend of theatrical expression in contemporary Indian theatre. Since the inception […]


  Dak Ghar Date: December 6, 2009 Presented by: Kalakshetra Manipur Directed by: H Kanhailal Venue : Satyajit Ray Auditorium The play was a powerful and intense presentation through Manipuri dance form and language, of Tagore’s well known play. To capture the yearning for freedom of the sick child Amal the chief protagonist in Tagore’s […]

Masterclass Session 2012

Kalakshetra Manipur is conducting its Masterclass Session 2012, an acting workshop for young theatre actors with young theatre scholars, from 1st March to 29th March, 2012. The press conference of the said masterclass is scheduled on March 4, 2012 (Sunday), 4:00 pm at the working space of Kalakshetra Manipur, Langol Laimanai, Lamphel. The Masterclass aims […]

Lecture demonstration

by Kalakshetra, Manipur Led by H. Kanhailal Process of Organic Acting on 8.07.15 from 10.00 -11:30 am Venue: Management studies auditorium The main focus in the research is to create a conscious process of physical and visceral form of expression while making organic impact of the body, the only human resource of the actor. It […]

Heisnam Tomba – Interview

  He probably had the most addictive smile at the Intensive Drama Program (IDP). Heisnam Tomba walked the NCPA premises with an air of simplicity around him. It is difficult to imagine that here was a man who has excelled in almost every department of the theatre. Winner of the Sanskriti Award of The Sanskriti […]

Kalakshetra at Wikipedia

Overview A scene from the play Pebet The main objective: To study, revive and project the culture of Manipur through the art of theatre and to set highest standards of performance to match not only the best in India but the world theatre scene. As Kalakshetra believed in the notion of a workshop that is […]

BEYOND ILLUSION: Stalemate Between Screwy Bullets

By Rinku Khumukcham (…….chingda satpee engelei, …….. chinnadana kenkhibee…… ….…..Eina kenge kendedo… ……… malangbana humbada …… ………ho kenbane…….) Centric to the essence of this classical Manipuri folk song, which emphasize the end of an immatured blooming orchid of the hill, blown away by the blowing wind, Kalakshetra’s young but energetic and potential director cum performer […]