Aribam Syam Sharma, a film director, actor and music director from Manipur came to limelight with his award winning film Imagi Ningthem (My Son, My Precious) that received the grand prix at Festival des Trios Continents, Nantes, France in 1982. Other films of acclaim that attracted worldwide attention include Ishanou-the official selection for Cannes Film Festival 1991, and Sangai-The Dancing Deer of Manipur, declared as the outstanding film of the year 1989 by the British Film Institute. So far he has directed eleven features and thirty-one non-feature films. Syam Sharma is a devout appreciator of Rabindra Sangeet which he inherited from his sojourn in Santinikentan. His tireless works for advancement of cinema in the North-East makes him an involved film personality, who in his various governmental and non-governmental capacities has worked for the promotion of film scenario in Manipur.