Aribam to receive V Shantaram award for lifetime achievement

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Mumbai, Feb 4 (UNI) The legendary film maker Aribam Syam Sharma from Manipur has been selected for the V Shantaram Award for lifetime achievement in documentary film making.

The legend will be conferred with the award carrying a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh, a citation and a shawl, on February 9.

It was for the first time in the history of Mumbai International Film Festival (MIIF) that a person from the North East India has been awarded with the prestigious award.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was the chief guest at the function, announced his name for the award amid a huge applause at the inauguration of the festival here last night.

Twelve times winner of national award, Sharma represented India in several International Film Festivals, including London, Toronto, Lucarno, and Montreal.

He made a number of short films and documentaries in many national and international film festivals.

Trained in photography and music from Shantiniketan, Aribam made his directorial debut in documentary film with ''Sana Leibak Manipur'' followed by his first feature ''Lamja Parshuram''.

Sharma's cinamatic journey started in 1971 with Manipuri film '' Matamgi'' as a music director and actor.

Sharma also authored an autobiography ''Living Shadow''.

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