Tapta Jayanta honoured with ‘Inspirational Singer of Manipur Award’
Iconic fusion singer, Loukrakpam Jayanta, fondly known to his listeners as Tapta, was today honoured with ‘Inspirational Singer of Manipur Award’ by Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU).
MUSU conferred the award to the revolutionary singer in recognition of his efforts in addressing various social and political issues shrouding the state through his music.
The award was handed over to the famous singer by MUSU president, Keisham Lebanan during the inaugural function of a one-day seminar on ‘Tapta and Social Relevance of his Lyrics’ held today at Senate Hall, Earth Sciences department, MU.
Tapta Jayanta on receiving the award expressed gratefulness for recognising his efforts in raising awareness of the people regarding various issues in the State. “I was taken by surprise when I was named for the award,” he said.
Speaking as the chief guest of the function, dean, students’ welfare, MU, Prof. Th. Ratankumar said that Tapta’s songs should not be confined to the realm of entertainment only as it has countless social and political relevance.
He further intimated that it is for the second time that MUSU is organising such seminar and academic discussions for the songs of Tapta.
Dean, School of Humanities, MU, and Prof. Ch. Yaswanta stated that Tapta has redefined modern Manipuri music with a completely different style of singing as well as lyrics. His divergence from the traditional way of singing makes him unique and suited accompanied by his powerful lyrics which portray social and political turmoil most among others, observed the Humanities dean.
Along the years, Tapta Jayanta is able to gain a dedicated fan base covering old and young through his unique style of music often described as revolutionary by his fans. He was spotlighted when his audio album ‘The Power of Attraction’ was released in 1996.
Research scholar, Manipuri department, Pudangkoi Luwang and social commentator, Dhanabir Laishram presented papers during the first session of the seminar moderated by a retired professor, W. Nabakumar. Dhanabir said those who are raising social issues can become vulnerable to opposition and may receive threats. Every time he moves out from his house, he rides a different car out of the four he owns to avoid being noticed, he said.
During the second session of the seminar chaired by Prof. N. Rajmuhon, assistant professor, Economics department, Chinglen Maisnam; assistant professor, Manipuri department, Naorem Sanatomba; head of Anthropology department, Prof. MC Arun and associate professor and head of department of English and Cultural Studies, Irom Gambhir presented papers on the seminar topic.
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