A popular child star of Manipuri Opera theatre in the fifties learned her craft in Gurukul tradition from her aunt late Smt. Gouramani Devi. Sixties saw her on the proscenium stage and in seventies joined H. Kanhailal (her husband in real life) to devote herself to the cause of experimental theatre. She has received many laurels and awards including the State Awards for Theatre (1998) and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi (1991). In 1991, she was adjudged the best actress for the performance in Migi Sharang, presented at the 3rd Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre held in Cairo. She was a Majlis Fellow. Honoured by Nadikar in 2002 in connection with the year of women empowerment. Natya Ratna in 2006. She was member of the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi nominated by the Govt. of India. Padmashri in 2007. Now, at seventy she is still young and energetic in practice and performance. Her energetic, sensuous and lyrical style of acting makes her a rare world class actress.