By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 26: Kalor Prohori (The Sentinel of Time) Mahendra Kumar Singha was remembered on his 126th birth anniversary at Shilpgram conference hall at Panjabari in the city today.
Apart from other social activities, Mahendra Singha, fondly called as Mahendra Babu by his community members, has three volumes of his history book -- Manipurer Prachin Itihas -- to his credit. He was one among the few who are considered to be the pioneers of the tiolist movement in the Bishnupriya Manipuri community. He was also one among those who gave birth to the Bishnupriya Manipuri ethnic press with the publication of jourls like Jagaran (1925), Manipuri (1933), Mekhali (1938), Kshatriyojyoti (1941) and the like. He edited the first Bishnurpiya Manipuri jourl Bishnupriya (1956) and composed a number of plays and songs in his mother tongue.
It was through his play ‘Atiaguru’ he had successfully shown the seeds of tiolism among his fellow beings. For steering the community in its roller coaster life outside Manipur, he was called the Kandari (one who steers a boat/ sailor) by his community members. He died on February 22, 1959.
According to Bishnupriya Manipuri Writers’ Forum (BMWF) president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, the function was presided over by Colonel (retd) ni Kumar Sinha, flanked by Prof. Kamini Mohan Sinha and public prosecutor and social worker Bhimsen Sinha as the guests of honour.
BMWF president DILS Lakshmindra Sinha, Prof. lini Sinha, Colonel (retd) Bijay Sinha, writer and educationist Kumkum Singha, Advocate Biswadeb Sinha, Madhu Sinha and others spoke on the occasion where a bi-lingual quarterly -- Kalor Prohori -- edited by Shimu Sinha was released. Shraddhanjali, in memory of former Nikhil Bishnupriya Manipuri Mahasabha president Manoranjan Sinha, edited by Samar Sinha and published by BMWF was also released at the function.