Gangmei Aluna Kabuini



Born on 1 March 1946 in village Keishamthong Kabui Khun, Imphal, Manipur, Shrimati Gangmei Aluna Kabuini has received training in singing Kabui traditional songs from Guru Gangmei Makugangpu, and in Kabui traditional dance from Guru Remmei Abungbam Kabui. She has further received training in Kabui songs and traditional funeral march from Guru Kamei Guigangpou Kabui and Guru Gangmei Sanaru Kabui respectively. She has also learnt other traditional performing art genres of Manipur like Manipuri dance, Maibi, and Lai Haraoba dance, and traditional percussions like Kabui drums and Mandila.
Attaining excellence in the field of the traditional dances and music of Manipur, she has presented dances and music in various regional as well as national festivals organized by the State Government of Manipur as well as the Government of India, and has also participated in various cultural events organized in countries like U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, England, France and Germany. She has been associated as a teacher and resource person for traditional dances of Manipur with various cultural institutions like the Song and Drama Division, Manipur; Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, a constituent unit of Sangeet Natak Akademi in Imphal; Manipur State Kala Akademi as a Committee member; and Manipur University where she actively engages with young students to disseminate the traditional dances and songs of Manipur. She has to her credit a book published in 1998 by the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy titled as Kabui Theory and Songs.
For her outstanding work in the field of traditional dance and music of Manipur, she has been conferred awards including an award by the Manipur State Kala Akademi, Imphal in 2001-2002 for Tribal Kabui Dance.
Shrimati Gangmei Aluna Kabuini receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to the traditional dance and music of Manipur.