In Conversation with Mangka Mayanglambam

I think it’s safe to say you are a living proof of that quote.

What are your future goals?

-Spread our beautiful culture to the corners of the world, help our young people love and preserve their culture, pass my tradition and yes, be a fine teacher because children are the pillars of the future and these pillars need to be aware of their culture.


One should listen to folk music every once in a while because…

-It is our origin and it proves that we are all plants from the seed of the same kind.


You have a song called, “Loktak Pat Ki Hi Honba” with the KOI too. How was it collaborating with an arty band like KOI?

-The KOI brothers approached my father for a collaboration. They already had the lyrics written by the famous poet, Lt. Arambam Somorendro, so my father created a storyline for my piece. It was indeed a brilliant experience. The band KOI is so good…they have a special and unique taste and I loved working with them.


I too feel the same. They are definitely going places.

Do you have any performances coming up?

-I am now doing collaboration projects with ‘Cla’, a Portuguese band – it will be released soon.  Apart from that, I have a show in Gujarat on the last week of March, a collaboration with Hawaii folk music at Imphal on April and then Delhi.


All the best Mangka.

Would you like to write a message to all the Northeastern states?

-We are one; it’s we who are classifying ourselves.

We all have the same heart; we eat, sleep, laugh and cry.

Let us all share our love and smile.

Always remember – ‘WE’.

 (NEw Bureau)

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