Devjani Chaliha



Born on 10 May 1934 at Sivasagar, Assam, Shrimati Devjani Chaliha received her training in Manipuri dance under Rajan Bose, Prahlad Das, and Brajabashi Singh. Later, she honed her art under Guru Maisnam Amubi Singh.
Shrimati Chaliha established herself as a Manipuri dancer early in her career and performed solo and with groups in various prestigious festivals within the country. Her tours abroad have covered the United States, various European countries, and Sri Lanka. Shrimati Chaliha has choreographed several dance-dramas such as Chaitanya Leela in the Manipuri idiom. She has also conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations in dance around the world. Shrimati Chaliha has been teaching Manipuri dance at her institution Meitei Jagoi, at Kolkata for over four decades. She has also taught dance at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre and Rabindra Bharati university. She has authored a children's book in Assamese, and published articles in leading magazines such as Desh, Nritya Kalpa, and the journals of the West Bengal Music Academy, the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, and Sangeet Natak Akademi.
Shrimati Chaliha has been honoured with the West Bengal Music Academy Award; the Nritya Ratna of Manipuri Sahitya Parishad; the Manipur State Kala Akademi Award, the Asom Sahitya Sabha Sambardhana; and the Guru Amubi Samman conferred by Manipuri Sahitya Parishad.
Shrimati Devjani Chaliha receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for her contribution to Manipuri dance.