N. Ibemni Devi



Born in 1926 in Imphal, Shrimati Nameirakpam Ibemni Devi is a well-known name in Manipur. She began performing Khong- jom Parba at a very early age and became the first woman balladeer in her State. Apart from Khongjom Parba, Shrimati Ibemni Devi has also been trained in Natasangeet and traditional forms like Lai Haraoba, Thabal Chongbi, and Khunung Eshei under eminent teachers. She has imparted training to a large number of young people including some women artists. A regular performer over radio and television, she has issued a large number of audio recordings. She has also published a book on her art in Manipuri, titled Yaithing Konu. Shrimati Ibemni Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Khongjom Parba of Manipur.