For nearly three decades, Guru Rewben Mashangva, a Naga folk connoisseur from Manipur’s Ukhrul district has been relentlessly preserving and promoting the dying rich culture and traditions of the Nagas, especially the Tangkhul community, through his unique folk-blues.
Well-known for his unique ethnic folk singing blended with a modern touch Guru Rewben was conferred the Padma Shri on the 72nd Republic Day for his contribution in the field of art.
Born on 21st June 1961, it took years for Guru Rewben Mashangva to be familiarised with the rhythms and tunes of Naga folk before he made his first public performance in 1992 during the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) conference in Ukhrul.
Over the years the folk artist, also known as the father of Naga folk-blues, penned down and composed over 30 folk songs, apart from those that he developed for various films and documentaries.
EastMojo caught up with the Padma Shri awardee. Watch the interview here:
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