Imphal: Mother Manipur has lost a bright son, Padmashree W. Nabachandra Singh (Warrepa Naba), a renowned theatre exponent of Manipur on Sunday.
Oja Naba passed away at a hospital in Imphal due to an illness on Sunday early morning.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh mourns over his passing away, “Aggrieved to learn about the demise of Padma Shri Wareppa Naba who was a renowned theatre personality. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family, and pray for the departed soul to rest in peace at the heavenly abode of almighty God.”
“We are deeply saddened by Oja Naba Wareppa’s (Padmashree) passing away. He was a committed theatre worker and a well-wisher of Kalakshetra Manipur. He was one of Kalakshetra Manipur’s founding members. He had made enormous contributions to the theatre world. We recognise his contributions to theatre and traditional performances, including sumang kumhei, natasankirtana, and many more,” Kalakshetra Manipur posted on the Facebook.
“We cherish him and express our appreciation for all the spiritual guidance he had provided us throughout. We, the Kalakshetra Manipur members, offer prayers for him and his family,” the theatre body said and for the soul to rest in peace.
Wareppa Naba was born on October 16, 1941 at Haobam Marak Thingel Ngangom Leikai, Imphal West, Manipur.
His educational status was BA. B.Ed.
With his love for theatre, he took active participation for establishment of his group, Theatre Mirror with a band of enthusiast theatre workers under the leadership of Padmashree H. Kanhailal in the year 1965 and took his active participation for the promotion and protection of theatre culture in the region.
Since the establishment of Theatre Mirror he took his utmost service and contribution for the promotion of Theatre culture in the region with all his energies with the high professional aptitude. Acted, directed and produced many a plays and won innumerable awards at the national and international levels.
He was conferred Padmashri Award, 2017 for his contribution in the field of Art and Culture.
The theatre personality took his keen interest and active service for the promotion and protection of all those rare but languishing Narrative and Performing Art Forms in Manipur.
As president of the Theatre Centre, Manipur one of the premiere apex cultural organisation in the region, organised Festival of Narrative Arts to promote all rare art forms such as Lairik Theeba Haiba, Waree Leeba, Pena Phamshak, Khongjom Parva, Khubak Eshei, Nata Sankirtana, Khunung Eshei, Maan Bhanjan, Goura Leela and Khullang Eshei.