Makhonmani Mongsaba

Director, Actor, Writer , Imphal

Makhonmani Mongsaba is a distinguished figure in the Manipuri cultural landscape, renowned for his multifaceted contributions as an author, actor, producer, and director. Born on March 1, 1959, in Uripok Achom Leikai, Imphal, Manipur, he has been a beacon of artistic expression in the region.

Educational Background and Literary Contributions:

Makhonmani obtained his doctorate degree in Manipuri from Manipur University. His literary prowess was recognized with the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 2013 for his travelogue "Chinglon Amadagi Amada".

Theatrical and Cinematic Journey:

His passion for storytelling began with short stories at a young age. In 1987, he joined the Chorus Repertory Theatre in Imphal, acting under the guidance of Ratan Thiyam and traveling internationally with the troupe until 1995. Makhonmani has also graced the silver screen, playing lead roles in movies like “Shingnaba (1998)”, where he portrayed a Thang-Ta teacher.

Directorial and Production Achievements:

He directed and produced “Chatledo Eidi,” which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Manipuri in 2000 and was selected for the Indian Panorama of the 32nd International Film Festival of India 2001. His film “Yenning Amadi Likla (2007)” was also selected for the Indian Panorama of the 39th International Film Festival of India. “Nangna Kappa Pakchade (2013)” and “Magi Matambakta (2018)” are among his notable directorial ventures, with the latter participating in various film festivals and winning the Best Manipuri Film at the Jharkhand International Film Festival.

Jury Member and Author:

Makhonmani served as a jury member for the 51st and 57th National Film Awards and the 52nd International Film Festival of India 2021. As an author, he has penned short story collections, essays, poetry, and critical studies on language, further cementing his status as a cultural luminary.

Makhonmani Mongsaba’s legacy is a testament to his enduring dedication to the arts, and his work continues to inspire and influence the cultural fabric of Manipur.

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Personal Details

Nick Name / Other Name
Born / Birth Date Mar 01, 1959
Age 65 years, 3 months and 13 days
Birth Place Imphal
Street / Home Uripok Achom Leikai
Region Imphal Manipur India

Known For

Magi Matambakta
Best Children Film
Nangna Kappa Pakchade
Best Feature Film
Nangna Kappa Pakchade
Best Direction
Chatledo Eidi
Best Feature Film in Manipuri


4 Nominations, 4 Wins


Leading Actor
All Cast
Shingnaba (1998) - Feature
Pena (1994) - Film
Uchek Langmeidong (2008) - Film
Other Crew
Uchek Langmeidong (2008) - Film
lyrics - Music Department


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