IFP Bureau | IMPHAL
Manipuri cinema veteran actor Lourembam ongbi Pishak, popularly known as ‘Abok Pishak’ passed away in Imphal on Sunday. She was 96.
Abok Pishak expired of old age around 4:10 pm today after being bed ridden for some time. She is highly acclaimed for her role of a mother or elderly grandmother in films and plays and was among the very few artistes that continued to contribute towards promoting Manipuri films actively in her last days as well.
Film fraternity and artistes thronged her residence at Wangkhei Purana Rajbari-II to pay final homage to the seasoned artiste. Film lovers and well wishers of Manipuri cinema paid floral tributes to the mortal remains of the departed veteran artiste.
In recognition of her relentless contribution in the field of art and cinema, ‘Abok Pishak’ was conferred Special Jury Award twice by MFDC once in 1994 and another in 1999. She was also awarded ‘Natya Bushan Award’ by Manipuri Sahitya Parishad in 2001. She also received MSFDS Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 while in 2018, ‘Abok Pishak’ was honoured with ‘Phijam Rotonsana Meetei Memorial Award (Lifetime Achievement in Drama)’ in 2018 by The Cultural Forum Manipur.
Married to Laishram Jhulon of Wangkhei Purana Rajbari-II, Lourembam ongbi Pishak was born on November 1, 1923 as the youngest of three daughters to Laishram Jhulon and Thiyam ningol Chandani of Keishampat Leimajam Leikai.
Apart from being an ardent lover of cinema, she was an AIR Imphal approved dramatist and Monoharsai Singer. She also acted in various short films, Dramas and Tele films to her credit, including ‘Ras Lila’, Laibakthibi’ and Mangsatagi Mang’, and in the Tele plays of DDK Imphal entitled ‘Changyengduda’, ‘Dakhinagi Natte’.
Abok Pishak acted in Manipuri celluloid films, including ‘Mayophygi Macha’, ‘Aroiba Natte’, ‘Thawanmichakna Kenkhrabada’, ‘Amambasu Anganbani’, and ‘Yenning Amasung Likla’.
Some of the acclaimed digital films in which she acted are ‘Reporter’, ‘Chang si Chang’, ‘Eisu Mini’, ‘Ngamloi Eidi Kainaba’, ‘Shakthibi Tampha’, ‘Nangna Mama Oibiyu’ among others. She also served her time as a singer of Sana Pala at Shree Shree Ramji Prabhu, Wangkhei Ningthem Pukhri Mapal.
It may be mentioned that a documentary on the life and contributions of ‘Abok Pishak’ towards Manipuri cinema is underway by documentary film maker, Amar Maibam.