Having begun his exploration of the world of theatre with his parents, Kanhailal and Sabitri, both well-known in Manipuri theatre circles and from whom he received extensive training, director, playwright, music director and actor-trainer, Heisnam Tomba absorbed finer nuances of his art early in life. He has written six plays; has directed more than eight dramas including Kshudito Pashan by Rabindranath Tagore, An Enemy of the People by Henric Ibsen and has been music director for two best of Kalakshetra’s best known productions, Dakghar and Draupadi. He specializes in voice and movement training; has taught at institutions in Delhi, Mumbai, Mysore, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Guwahati, Patna, Heggodu, Bangladesh and Singapore. His versatility received recognition when he was awarded the National Sanskriti Award and Senior Fellow of Ministry of Culture, New Delhi. He has directed an off-beat feature film Nobap in Manipuri.