Y. Ranjana Devi

Born in 1947 in Imphal, Manipur, Shrimati Y. Ranjana Devi received training in the dance and music of Manipur at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy, Imphal. Here she had the privilege of learning from some of the outstanding teachers of Manipur including Kh. Gulapi Singh, Abhiram Sharma, and Y. Gambhini Devi. She obtained a Post-Diploma in both Manipuri Ras and Nata- Sankirtana. Shrimati Ranjana Devi is an outstanding singer of Nata- Sankirtana and has earned wide popularity in the state. She is equally proficient in Rasa Sutra. Apart from performing on a regular basis, she has been imparting training to young students at the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy since 1982. She has been honoured by the Manipur State Kala Aca- demy for her service to the arts. Shrimati Y. Ranjana Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contri- bution to Nata-Sankirtana of Manipur.