Imphal: The 14th Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS) Lifetime Achievement Award 2022 will be conferred to renowned filmmaker and lyricist Laimayum Banka Sharma of Laimayum Banka in recognition of his valuable contributions towards the growth of Manipuri Cinema, an official said on Tuesday.

The award carries a Maibi memento, citation, shawl and a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh.

Hailing from Uripok Machin Khwai Brahmapur, Banka was born on December 11, 1945 to late L Rajbapu Sharma and Laimayum ongbi Ibempishak.

76-year-old Banka has been associated with films since the first Manipuri feature film ‘Matamgi Manipur‘ even though he was not a part of the film crew. He had assisted Director Debkumar Bose through suggestions for particular scenes of the film to capture the right emotions, especially in the classic number “Eigi Punshi Nangga,” MSFDS secretary Sunzu Bachaspatimayum said in a statement.

As per the official statement, Banka was at the peak of his popularity after he took on board ‘Nightingale of Bollywood/India’ Lata Mangeshkar as a playback singer for his films ‘Meichak’ and ‘Madhabee’.

Always with an aura of self-esteem, Banka said that he always wanted to be “The Captain” in production of a film. So far, he has directed several timeless films such as Wangma Wangma, Yairipok Thambalnu, Meichak, Madhabee, Poppy and Laman. He also made short films including ‘Carpenter and his wife‘ and ‘Mitsna‘.

He was also among the early Manipuris who went to Mumbai to receive professional film schooling. He was trained in editing at the Film and Television Institute, Mumbai in 1971, where he was acquainted with various Bollywood personalities though he did not complete the entire course.

Banka lives with his wife Veaikholinng Gangte, three sons, daughters-in-law and four grandchildren.

The seasoned filmmaker is now eyeing making ‘Khamba-Thoibi’, digitally remaking ‘Madhabee’ and writing a book to share his years’ long experiences.

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