S. Thaninleima Chanu



Born on 1 February 1974 at Imphal, Manipur, Shrimati Sanabam Thaninleima Chanu received her initial training in theatre from Shri Loitongbam Dorendra with whom she worked for eight years till 1997. She trained at the National School of Drama between 1998 and 2001. She is also an M.A. in Linguistics, and has obtained a Ph.D. in Contemporary Manipuri Theatre with special emphasis on the theatre of Ratan Thiyam from Manipur University. She has also studied theatre at the National Theatre of Korea. Thaninleima has also earned a Diploma in Manipuri Classical Dance. She is associated with a theatre group Khenjonglang engaged in theatre research and production in Imphal. The group has participated in a number of theatre festivals such as the Bharat Rang Mahotsav, and Octave. Well known for her plays such as Ashang Eina Aton, Macbeth, Mrichhakatikam, and Kankal, she has also written plays such as Kodomdano Chatlisibu, Rickshaw Amasung Nongmei and Ei Ngaoba Natte which have also been directed by her. In addition, she has been working with the people of the hill areas of Manipur imparting training in theatre to the young and upcoming artists of the tribal communities.
S. Thaninleima is a recipient of a Junior Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.
Shrimati S. Thaninleima Chanu is awarded the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar of Sangeet Natak Akademi for the year 2010 for her talent in the field of theatre as a Director.