Akhu Chingangbam

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Akhu Chingangbam
Birth nameRonid Chingangbam
Also known asAkhu
BornImphal, Manipur
GenresFolk-Rock
Occupation(s)Vocalist, Social Activist
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active2008 - Present

Ronid Chingangbam or Akhu Chingangbam[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] is a lyricist, singer and founder of the folk-rock band Imphal Talkies and The Howlers.[8]

Personal life[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

He is son of Mr. Ramkumar and Mrs. Lembi. He hails from Khurai Chingangbam Leikai, Imphal East, Manipur, India.[9] He has acquired a doctorate in Physics from Jamia Milia Islamia University, New Delhi. He completed his post-doctoral assignment on Cosmology in a Thai University[10]. On World Music Day 2016, he lost his hearing in one ear in an accident.[11]

Band[edit | hide | edit source]

The Imphal Talkies and The Howlers was started in 2008 with Sachidananda Angom, Irom Singthoi, Chaoba Thiyam and Karnajit Laishram.

Projects[edit | hide | edit source]

Akhu also appeared on the second season of The Dewarists.[12][13] He has also initiated a project for the musicians of the world to meet at one platform by the name, "Imphal Music Project".[14] In May 2015, he started a music project with the help of Foundation for Social Transformation (FST) for children of Manipur by the name "A Native Tongue Called Peace".[15] His band, Imphal Talkies, was one of the 32 bands chosen from 32 countries by in Place of War and Unconvention (United Kingdom) for the Album of the Revolution in 2013.[16]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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  3. TEDx Talks (19 April 2016), A Native Tongue Called Peace | Akhu Chingangbam | TEDxJGU, retrieved 29 September 2017
  4. Baruah, Joyshree (24 September 2017). "Clutch of eclectic music festivals in the Northeast attract attention despite lack of sponsors". The Economic Times. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
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  8. "Akhu Chingangbam: The voice of Imphal Talkies and its beginning from the streets of Delhi". The North East Today | Delivering news upto the minute. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  9. "The voice of Manipur that started from the streets of Delhi". Hindustan Times. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  10. "Akhu Chingangbam: The voice of Imphal Talkies and its beginning from the streets of Delhi". The North East Today | Delivering news upto the minute. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  11. Kejriwal, Rohini. "A musician is building peace in Manipur, with the help of some children and a guitar". Scroll.in. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
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  13. "Rebel poet on music show". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
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  16. "Manipur music mission touches a special heart". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2017.