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A Bit About Surjit Nongmeikapam

Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon), the founder and artistic director of Nachom Arts Foundation (NAF) is an Imphal-based choreographer and mover with a string of accolades to his name. He studied Degree in Choreography from Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography, Bangalore under the guidance of legendary Late. Guru.Dr.Maya Rao (Didi) and has been working with several eminent artists in both national and international platforms. He has worked as a dancer with India’s first contemporary Dance Company, Natya Stem Dance Company under Madhu Nataraj and Natya Maya under legendry Late.Guru. Dr. Maya Rao. He was trained in traditional Indian dance and martial arts forms before developing an interest in interdisciplinary arts and experimental works. He is one of the few dancers and choreographer in Manipur to engage with contemporary dance forms and seek to promote its development beyond the traditional conservative Manipur culture.


Moments from PECDA 2016 winner Surjit Nongmeikapam’s ‘Meepao’. | Photo Credit: Sharan Devkar Shankar/ Prakriti Foundation

For years Surjit Nongmeikapam has been working as a choreographer, interdisciplinary performer, facilitator, dance movement therapists and has been giving workshops and classes in Manipur and other places in India as well as on international projects. His notable works include “OneVoice” which is a solo piece, was among the nominated for Theatre Spektakel Festival, Zurich in 2013. Surjit Nongmeikapam has also participated several festivals , some important festivals name , such as Theatre Olympics by NSD (2018) New Delhi, ITFOK (2018) Kerala, Dance Umbrella (London)2015, ImpulsTan (Vienna) 2015, Tanz in August (Berlin) 2015,Kyoto Experiment 2016,Sadler’s Wells(London)2016,IGNITE Festival of contemporary dance (Delhi), The Attakkalari India Biennale (Bengaluru) and other in France, Belgium, Singapore, Spain many more. His collaboration work SoftMachine with Choy Ka Fai from Singapore artist who based in Berlin now. SoftMachine-Surjit Nongmeikapam is still touring around the world since 2013.
His choreography NERVES won PECDA Award in year 2014 for the best choreographer/piece and FOLKTALE also won the PECDA 2016 for the best choreographer/piece respectively and have been touring across India and abroad since then. He has also worked in dance films such as “Realms” by Akee Sorokhaibam, “Black Pot and Movement” by Chaoba Thiyam, “Underline” by Federic Lombard and “Lairen Mathek” by Premananda Nongthongbam. Recently his film SAMNABA-merge got best cinematography at The Himalayan Film Festival 2021, Leh. Surjit Nongmeikapam is also a Co-Founder of Arts and Imphal. Arts And Imphal is an upcoming international contemporary arts festival at Imphal, Manipur. It is a platform to facilitate exchange and critical dialogues in society, making art accessible and sustainable for a connected and constructive community.

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