Born on 15 September 1901, Smt. Tombi Devi began learning Rasa dance music at the early age of ten from many traditional gurus like Khomdon Sharma, Gourchandra Sharma and Senjam Angouton Singh. At the young age of 20 she was considered capable of acting as a Sutradhari in a performance of Rasa. She is one of the pioneers among women who perform Khubak Isei and Vasak. She received many honours and awards from dis- tinguished institutions like the Manipuri Sahitya Parishad and the Manipur State Kala Academy. For her eminence in the field of dance and her contribution to its enrichment Smt. Tombi Devi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Manipuri Rasa for 1982.