Rayanti Rabha

Born on 13 February 1983 in village Rampur of Goalpara district in Assam, Shrimati Rayanti Rabha received training at Kalakshetra Manipur, Imphal from eminent director and now Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellow Shri Heisnam Kanhailal, and eminent actress and Akademi awardee Shrimati Heisnam Sabitri for five years from 2003 to 2008. She learnt all the different physical and vocal exercises under Shri Kanhailal.
Hailing from a very poor family of the Rabha tribe, her career in theatre has been full of challenges so far. But, in spite of all challenges, she went on to pursue her career in theatre passionately. Beginning to take interest in theatre in 1999, Rayanti Rabha joined Badungduppa – a theatre group run by Shukracharjya Rabha. Subsequently, she met Shri Kanhailal at a workshop in Guwahati in 2002. While receiving training from Shri Kanhailal, she kept her association with Badungduppa alive. In 2009, she formed her own theatre group named Manchalenka. The group largely stages folk plays and conveys social messages to its audiences. Rayanti Rabha has acted in many plays while learning the nuances of theatre from Shri Kanhailal and Shrimati Sabitri. Some of the prominent plays directed by H. Kanhailal in which she has played major roles are: Sati, Uchek Langmeidong (written by H S Shivaprakash), and Dakghar (written by Rabindranath Tagore). She has also played major roles in plays directed by Shukracharjya Rabha such as Rupalim (written by Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.
All Assam OBC Students’ Union honoured Shrimati Rabha with Girindranath Gogoi Haborani Bota Youth Award in 2013.
Shrimati Rayanti Rabha receives the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for the year 2011 for her notable talent in Theatre as an actor.