The orchestral music Heirangkhoinida purely based on Folk and tradition music of Manipur presented by the only orchestral group in the state, the Rhythms of Manipur on 14th September 1995 was highly impressive and captivated the audience about 35 minutes…

N.C.Singh, Director, Doordarshan Kendra Imphal on 20th September 1995.


It was a tuneful Tuesday as the pitter-patter of rain mingled with the band from Northeast. A three-day music event kick started at Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) on Tuesday. Fusion one feature ‘Rhythms of Manipur’, a band from Manipur, highlighting the richness and diversity on traditional music of northeast and their openness to incorporated elements from other cultures….

Hindustan Times, Bhopal, July 22, 2009 edition.


I am very happy to see the performance on 13.9.1995 at JN Dance Academy hall. The usage of Pena, Sembung (Manipuri instruments) in the orchestra is, indeed, praiseworthy and I hope, the group will experiment more…

Aribam Shyam Sharma, Renowned Filmmaker of Manipur.


I’ve listened to and watched deeply the music performances of the orchestra entitled Seigonnabi the new production for the year 1995-96…Usually this style of music is very common to Manipuri Nat Sankirtan and in Manipuri Ras and Satsangat in Indian Classical music…

M.Kula Singh, Music Director.


Heirangkhoinida – the theme of orchestra is the creation of mankind and the subsequent life-cycle based on the Meitei tradition intertwined with the symbolic Heirangkhoi, the legendary fruit of Manipur. It includes the beginning of life-form, the preservation and decay, and then re-birth-constant life cycle. The prologue is entirely based on the folk rhythm of Manipur and remaining main theme is presented in a variety of Chhanda punctuated by slow and quick movements and patterns…

Dr.N.Tombi Singh,  Manipur University.


In Nata Sankirtana, the display of complicated rhythms suitably based on lyrics at places is popularly known as Seigonnabi. This style of Seigonnabi was adapted with a very stylized technique in presenting the concert which kept the audience spell bound…

Ch.Gopal Singh, Retd. Music Producer, All India Radio, Imphal.


The company besides the performances also venturing in the introduction of indigenous music’s and musical instruments of the region. Also experimented and developed new instruments from the age-old Manipur instruments including Pena to suit introduction to the modern orchestra…introduced a modified Pena named as PENNAO in the presence of a host of academicians and royal court authorities of the state…

Manipur Mail, January 21, 2007 edition


The musical performance of foreigner musician entitled as The musical journey of Tal Kravitz as held in association with the colorful and talented artistes of Rhythms of Manipur, a popular musical group in Manipur under aegis of Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Embassy of Israel…the musicians enthralled Imphal crowd at the chilly winter fog filled Bhaygyachandra Open Ari Theatre in Imphal tonight..

The Hueiyen Lanpao, 3 December 2010 English edition.


On the 23rd Foundation day, fifteen musicians of Rhythms of Manipur performed the concerto LANGDAI KHONJEL which is composed by Haobam Nisheswar, with a melodious harmony. The twenty minutes long musical piece could create a sense of bringing integrity among the various communities of the state in the minds of audience. It was a successful step towards bringing cultural integrity through music.

Nani on the Hueiyen Lanpao, July13, 2008 edition.


The group made presentation of Fusion music in auditorium of this museum (Bhopal) in the evening of 21st July 2009….Wish Rhythms of Manipur also success in their experimentation and conducting shows of their traditional and fusion music.

Vikas Bhatt, Director In-charge, Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya.


…presented a unique synthesis of traditional Manipuri and Indian classical musical instruments at the Manipur Tourism Festival at Leimakhong…the opening notes of the composition gave impression of an electric post being struck. The sense of danger was well represented by the chalice’s reverberations and mezzo forte of violin. The resonance evoked the TENSION effect on the audience.

M.C.Thoiba on the Telegraph, 12 June, 2009 Guwahati edition.


Nearly a century later, Manipur’s only orchestral group, Rhythms of Manipur, searched for new forms while paying a rich tribute to the past during their silver jubilee celebrations this year.

The Telegraph, 23 July, 2010 edition.


the Rhythms of Manipur celebrates 25 years of its existence today at JN Dance Academy auditorium…Inaugurating the silver jubilee, Dr.K.Sobita Devi, joint director Arts and Culture, Manipur, expressed her appreciation to all member of Rhythms of Manipur for preserving the Indigenous instruments and music of all communities of the state...

Imphal Free Press, July 11, 2010 edition.


…the latest opera incorporating with the traditional folk elements was highly impressive and captivated the packed audience. The acting and other performance by the musicians of Rhythms of Manipur is indeed praiseworthy. Such successful play was not seen earlier even from the established theatre groups of the country. It is a bold attempt by Rhythms of Manipur...

S.Vedeshwor Sharma, Secretary, Manipur State kala Academy,on Lila Sanglengi Mami, the phantom of the opera.


It is a brave attempt for Rhythms for Manipur and Arun to produce such a celebrated musical play like “The Phantom of Opera” the oriental version Lila Sanglengi Mami to Manipuri theatre. The play itself is famous and loved by worldwide audience…. tries to depict a vivid collage of Manipuri performing arts in the canvas of such a play...

Budha Chingtham, theatre reviewer of the Sangai Express, the largest circulated newspaper of Manipur, on the play in 1st September 2012 edition


The folk elements and singing style of Manipuris are included in the opera and various performing art forms are put in the play. It is indeed a success of the man who creates a Manipuri Phantom on the stage. The plot of it is well adjusted with local viewers..

Nani on the Huieyen Lanpao daily newspaper, 16th September 2012 edition.

The RHYTHMS OF MANIPUR gave two outstanding performances in Singapore before international audiences.The performances were appreciated by all and the audiences will be happy to welcome them to Singapore again.


High Commissioner of India, Singapore


  At  Hong Kong University, we would like to creat a culturally dramatised enviroment and introduce different cultures to colleagues of students.We are grateful to Spick Macay for bringing the Rhythms of Manipur to Hong Kong University and looking forward for future colloboration. 

 Albert Chan

Director of General Education,Hong Kong University , 4-2-2013

  I appreciate Mr Sanatomba and members of Rhythms of Manipur for their love of their own tradition.It is lovely to work for tradition and pure art where commeners do not pay much attention.  

  Dr J.M. Kim, Korean Professor



A member of Rhythms of Manipur playing Sitar.