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Chinglen Thiyam

Manipuri Actor Chinglen Thiyam
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Chinglen Thiyam was a Manipuri actor, comedian, and lyricist. He acted in many Manipuri films. Chinglen Thiyam was born on 1 March 1950 in Konthoujam Makha Leikai of Manipur. Thiyam Babu and Thiyam Ongbi Merajaobi were his parents.  In 1972, along with studying at Imphal College, he joined Theatre classes in Chorus Repertory Theatre, Aryan Theatre, and Rupmahal Theatre under the guidance of renowned theatre personalities. 

Chinglen Thiyam started his career as a villain in Shumang Leela. Later, he started working as a comedian and became famous. Chinglen Thiyam worked in the play Thawaina Punshigidamak as Commando Chinglen, the aggressive Police. In the play Maibido Maibado Mapuroibado, directed by himself, he played the role of Maiba. In the play, Keishamthong Thoibi, Chinglen Thiyam worked as an orthodox Brahmin. The audience loved this role of Chinglen Thiyam. The play was for the movie O. Gautam in 2008. Also, in the movie, Thiyam played the same role. Chinglen Thiyam was the approved artist of All India Radio, Imphal. 

Chinglen Thiyam acted in movies like Meiree, directed by L.Surjakanta in 1998, Hi Sweety Hello Pretty by director Chan Heisnam in 2004, Sagatluba Manglan, directed by Chan Heisnam in 2005, Yenning Amadi Likla, directed by Makhonmani Mongsaba in 2007, Heinoujom Yumbal Tellanga Yahip directed by Suvas E. in 2009, Makar directed by Sarungbam Beeren in 2012, Eengengee Neeni Panba directed by Geetchandra Chongtham in 2014, Hawker directed by Suvas E. in 2015, Nungshit Mapi directed by Ajit Ningthouja in 2015, Thaba directed by Devbrata Samurai and Dpak Manohar in 2016, Meefu Leikai directed by Bimol Phibou in 2017 and Leishabigee Macha directed by Jeetendra Ningomba in 2018. 

Chinglen Thiyam won many awards as an actor, lyricist, and director. He acted in over 100 plays and directed 20 plays. Chinglen Thiyam was conferred with the Senior Fellowship 2015 in Shumang Leela by Manipur State Kala Akademi. He won the best lyricist award in 2015 at the Manipur State Shumang Leela Festival organized by Manipur State Kala Akademi. Chinglen Thiyam received Neta Irabot Leelaroi Lifetime Mana at MANIFA 2014, organised by Sahitya Seva Samiti. In 2020, he won Iboyaima Shumang Leela Award. On 18 June 2020, 70-year-old Chinglen Thiyam passed away in RIMS hospital. According to some media reports, he was undergoing treatment for a stroke in the RIMS hospital. Initially, he was under treatment at Little Clinic Imphal and then shifted to RIMS hospital.