N. Premchand is a theatre director from Manipur, and a faculty member at Manipur University. We met him at the North East and Northern Writers Meet at the Sahitya Akademi where he presented a paper on the theatre tradition of Manipur.
We spoke to Dr. Premchand after the session to discuss the politics of representation of Manipur in popular culture, especially with reference to the film Mary Kom. We also discussed the continuities and discontinuities in Manipuri theatre after the era of Heisnam Kanhailal and Ratan Thiyam. You can watch the interview here:
Read Githa Hariharan's essay When Bodies Speak here.
Read the report Manipur People's Convention for a United Hills and Valley Peace here.
Watch Teesta Setalvad's interview with Colin Gonsalves for Newsclick here.