Manipur martial art guru gets Padmashri SOBHAPATI SAMOM IMPHAL, Jan 27 Gurumayum Gourakishore Sharma, who is well-known for his invaluable contribution in the field of thang-ta, the traditional martial art, has been conferred the prestigious Padmashri award.
Gurumayum, who is considered to be one of the revivalists of the indigenous martial art form of Manipur, was among the 34 personalities of the country who were given the coveted award.
The 73-year-old man has not lost his zeal for martial arts even with his advancing years. Born on April 15, 1936, Gurumayum, a resident of Keirao Bitra Awang Leikai village in Manipurs Imphal East district, is a distinguished thang-ta guru of Manipur. He had his initial training from his father late Gurumayum Sanajaoba Sharma.
I am very delighted to receive this award because of two things first for the martial art will not fade away and secondly for giving me recognition for it, he said.
Among the many awards Gurumayum received were the award of gold medal and traditional Manipuri dress from late Manipur Maharaja Bodhachandra Singh.
In 1983, he became the first Manipuri to receive National Sangeet Natak Akademi award in the field of Manipuri martial art. Manipur Sahitya Parishad also honored him with the title of Kala Ratna in 1985 for his outstanding contribution in the field.