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Written by Manipur Times
ManipurTimes 05 April 2013
Hamom Sadananda who is widely sung by the audience of Manipur for his outstanding performance in "The Sky of Autum" or "Ingelgi Atiya" - his debut film in Manipuri Digital Cinema industry as well as turning point of his career. However, after acting in more than 100 movies, today Sadananda wishes to reduce his acting in Manipuri Cinema with the present trends of the industry which is unwlling to develop
Height: 5' 7
Birthday: 16th Feb
Address: Sega Road, Thouda Bhabok Leikai in Imphal.
Filmography: The Sky of Autum, Mami Sami, Thengmankhre Thabalse , Meera Memcha etc
Number of Films till 2010: 96 (ninety six), the best ones being The Sky of Autum series, Reporter, Mami Sami, Inga Nonglakta, Khuji, etc..
His debut film: Ingel gi Atiya (The Sky of Autum)
Most Memorable films: The Sky of Autum and Mami Sami.
Is Hamom Sadananda dead? No
Manipur was swept by rumours of the superstar's death in Imphal on the 5th Sept 2013. Indpaedia immediately said that the news was false.
Hamom Sadananda addressed the Manipur press club the same day hoping to kill the rumour--but it continued to rage outside Imphal. Indpaedia kept getting inquires for the next several days. Among the keywords in Google and Indpaedia searches about the rumoured suicide were allusions to his having married a non- Manipuri. (ManipurUpdate September 6, 2013) Netiznes kept wanting to see photographs of the star's dead body, of his Jezebel of a mayang wife...
ManipurUpdate added, 'There was a report of spreading a rumour (allegation) not only in the town but in the state that Sadananda’s bride had an out of wedding child with another man before her marriage and because of it he (Sadananda) commits suicide.'
Sadananda said that he would 'take legal action if anyone found spreading the alleged rumour which may affect his peaceful private life.'
Born at Thoudha Bhabok Leikai, Imphal, Manipur, Sadananda was the second son of Hamom Mohindro and Hamon Ongbi Indubala among the five siblings and was brought up in the family of below poverty line and the family has to face various financial scarcity. At his early stage of life, he lost his elder brother Late Hamom Shivananda who was his inspiration to the success of his professional life. And he had his formal education from Eden Garden and City School located at Imphal and graduate from N.G. College, Imphal under the Manipur University.
He graduated from N.G. College in 1997-1998. He is married with Jina from Sagolband Kangabam Leikai and has a daughter. He is not too much in films nowadays because of time constraints. It is very hard for him to manage singing and acting simultaneously.
He had struggled a lot in his life before he became a popular singer. His mother was running a roadside tea stall and he used to wash glasses in the stall. After he passed Matriculation examination he used to work as a shopkeeper. He even borrowed bicycle from his friends to attend tuition at times. But after becoming a popular singer and actor life has changed a lot. “Now I am able to build my house at least”, he added.
“Initially I was not a singer but a guitarist. But I started singing after the sudden demise of my elder brother, Shivananda. My brother composed some Manipuri songs by playing guitar with me. After he died suddenly, I sang the songs he composed and released it with some other songs of my own in 1995. The name of the audio cassette was ‘Angaobani Haibire’. It was the first audio album in my singing career. After the release of the album, people started asking about me and I started singing in concerts”.
This was how Hamom Sadananda Singh of Sega Road Thouda Bhabok Leikai, one of the prominent singers and actors of Manipur emerged as a popular artiste.
He told Manipur Times that he used to play guitar for local western music bands like Cannibals and Phoenix from 1989 till early 1990s. At that point of time, the influence of western music was huge. One of his elder brothers, Shivananda was also a guitarist with another band called Red Devils. Sadananda's brother composed some Manipuri songs by playing guitar along with him.
Hamom Shivananda's songs
Since long ago, Sadananda was inspired by his late brother Hamom Shivananda's songs who was the then a famous singer of Manipur. And later, he also share the codes of songs with his brother and had to struggle several obstacles to promote and develop these songs. Two of the notable songs which are titled as "Nungshi Nari ngei Asuk Waba" and "Koina Paibi Chekla Goom" became the most incredible songs of the 90's when he was studying in high school.
Later, after the sudden demise of his brother, Sadananda took the responsibilities to take up his brother's songs in the higher level and due to this reason, Sadananda again re-sung all his brother's songs and fortunately the songs again shine in the box office of Manipuri audience.
However, with his sudden demise, Shivananda left behind his composed songs with his younger brother. Sadananda then fulfilled the long cherished dream of his elder brother by releasing an audio album of Manipuri songs namely, ‘Angaobani Haibire’ featuring himself as the singer.
Sadananda said, the audio album consists of ten songs including three songs which were written by him. Rest of the songs were written and collected by his brother, Shivananda.
When he released the album, he did not expect that people would love his songs. So he continued with western music and was on a tour in Nagaland for about two months. But luckily, after the release of the album, people liked it very much and people started asking about Sadananda.
‘Angaobani Haibire’ was released under Bindiya Productions, Pishumthong Oinam Leikai. People liked most of the songs of the audio album. Some of the songs of the audio cassette are ‘Angaobani Haibire’, ‘Koina Paibi Cheklani’, ‘Nungsinaringei Asuk Waba’, ‘Thungnade Haibagi Warouba Leite’, etc.
Training in music
Sadananda did not get formal learning of music from anybody before he sang the songs of ‘Angaobani Haibire’. But he had some idea of singing because of his close association with local western music bands. At that time, he had got the Best Guitarist Award.
But he was compelled to leave playing guitar after he became a Manipuri singer.
Later on, he learnt the basic foundation classical music from Oja Moirang Jiten. Sadananda said, he got inspiration from different artistes as he was surrounded by many artistes. One of his uncles is a prominent Manipuri singer and another one is a tabla player. One of his elder brothers is also a tabla player. He got the opportunity to interact with many singers and artistes when they came to meet them. His family also supported him a lot when he started singing.
Till now he has sung around 500 songs. This includes about 100 songs of films acted by him and other songs in audio cassettes and albums.
Some other super hit songs of him are ‘Nungsi Maithongdo Yenglak U’, ‘Kuchu Mubi Nangni’, ‘Jeena’, ‘Pizza’, ‘Ingao Ngaojabi Icham Chamjabi’ etc.
People love many of his numbers but the most appreciated song is ‘Angaobani Haibire’, because of the lyrics. Although, the album was released in 1994-1995, youths of the current generation who were not born at that period love the songs of the album. Sadananda said that he also likes the songs of this audio cassette and sometimes sings in concerts.
Apart from singing Manipuri modern songs and acting in films he also sings Kirtans. According to Sadananda, this form of music is also needed to know.
In 2000 he stepped into Manipuri digital film industry, and his first film in which he took the main role was ‘Ingelgi Atiya’. Before it, Sadananda had also acted in a celluloid film which was not released. He also acted as a child artist in the film ‘Sambal Wangma’ and his role in the film was an illiterate boy.
‘Ingelgi Atiya’ was a popular play before it was converted to a film. The second part of the film ‘Laallibadi Eini’ was also very successful because it ended on a happy note unlike other films of Moirangthem Inao.
Till now he acted in nearly 100 films. Out of these, ‘Ingelgi Atiya’, ‘Laallibadi Eini, ‘Angaoba Kurao Mapal’, ‘Red Rose’ ‘Thengmankhre Thabalse’ and ‘Reporter’ are some of the films which the public liked much.
Most Difficult Role
According to Sadananda, "Mami Sami" was his most difficult role which he has done so far since the cinema took almost three and half years to complete the shoot to feel the reality of the storyline which was directed by the renown director of Manipur - Ningthouja Lancha. And fortunately, the film was the most incredible movie made so far in the digital movie era of Manipur.
The film that propelled his career : The Sky of Autumn.
The economics of singing
Singing is a seasonal profession in Manipur. Number of concerts is huge during winter season. It is little thin during summer season. During the peak season, he sometimes sings at about 4-5 concerts a day, Sadananda said.
Regarding singing and acting, Sadananda said, a singer can earn good money of even more than Rupees one lakh in a month. But it is not so in films because of the small market.
He had also been conferred with the Public Choice Award by Nongmaithem Pahari Trust. As a singer and actor he has been awarded Best Singer and Best Actor awards in several times.
Shiva Institute of Music
He is also looking forward and putting his efforts to set up a Musical Institute called "Shiva Institute of Music" and now has approximately 200 students learning music under the guidance of Sadananda and other two music Gurus.
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