The five-day Retrospective Aribam Syam Sharma and masterclass organized by Chingleipak Cine Club, Bishnupur and Chingkhurakpa Art, Chingkhu at the Community Centre, Bishnupur Municipal Council came to a close on September 12.
Delivering his speech, the ace filmmaker stated that since the people of Manipur have unique cultural expression, all efforts to imitate bigger Indian tradition will not bear fruit. Pointing out the differences between Manipuri performative tradition with that of the mainstream Indian one guided by Natya Shastra, Aribam Syam said those engaged in performing and visual arts should rediscover strength in ‘our own culture’ with ‘our unique physiological feature’.
He also emphasised on the need to nurture young talents in the art of filmmaking. He made a fine distinction between what he called ‘movies’ and ‘cinematic arts’ arguing that ‘movies’ have the tendency to distance themselves from the finer aspects of filmmaking.
Did you Know?
Aribam Syam Sharma debuted in the Manipuri film scene as an actor in the movie Matamgi Manipur. In 1974 he directed his first movie Lamja Parshuram. He was honoured with the Padmashri award in 2006. He was also conferred with the Jewel of Manipuri Cinema – 2015 Award on May 14, 2015 at the Manipur State Film Development Society, Palace Compound, Imphal.