Imphal, Oct. 6: Renowned theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal passed away this morning at Kalakshetra, his theatre centre here, after losing a battle with lung cancer. He was 75.
He was born on Janaury 17, 1941, at Keisamthong Thangjam Lairak, Imphal.
Kanhailal was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004 and is the founder-director of Kalakshetra Manipur. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in direction in 1985 and in December, 2011, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Award (the highest-ranked and most valued Akademi award).
In 2016, he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.
Kanhailal is survived by his wife, Heisnam Sab-itri, two sons and two daughters.
He was known for plays like Pebet, produced in 1975, Memoirs of Africa, Draupadi, Dakghar and so on.