I have the honour to present to you Shri Takhelchanbam Amudon Sarma, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Manipuri Dance. Shri Amudon Sarma was born in December 1886 in a family of traditional Rasdharis of Manipur and was naturally fortunate to receive training in the art of Manipuri dancing and Pung playing from reputed masters. He began to appear in Raslila performances since his very childhood and very soon established himself as a talented dancer. Following his family tradition he started teaching dancing from an early age and has many well-known dancers of the present day among his pupils. For his pre-eminence in Manipuri dance and for his life- long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Manipuri Dancer of the Year, and award to him a brocade Angavastram, a gold Mala and a Sanad in token of that recognition.