Th. Brindasabi Devi

Born in 1934 in Imphal, Shrimati Thokchom Ningol Brindashabi Devi received her training in Gourang Leela from Gurus Ojah Kunjo and Ojah Jugindro. She was also initiated into Krishna Leela and Nata Sankirtana performance at an early age. She played the role of Brinda in Mathur Leela at the age of ten. Her performance was so acclaimed by the audience that she started to be known by the name of the character she had played. At present, Shrimati Brinda- shabi Devi is a visiting guru at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal, instructing students in Goura Leela. She has received many honours including the Manipur State Kala Academy Award in 1989 for her contribution in Goura Leela and Krishna Leela. She was also awarded the Certificate of Honour by the Government of Manipur in 1991. Shrimati Thokchom Ningol Brindashabi Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Gourang Leela of Manipur.