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Renowned writer, physician Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam succumbs to COVID-19 complications

Late Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam

He penned hit singles that remained people’s favourite to this day — Kumon ama lakpsida khudolsidang tamlake, Eishu khudol tamjaningkhi nagna chtkhiba matam duda, Ngashigi nonglei nungshit sida eihaki wakhal kadaidano. 

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Renowned writer and physician Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam passed away on Sunday at RIMS Hospital due to COVID-19 complications. It is learnt that he was a diabetic patient and was tested positive for the deadly virus. But after testing negative some time back he was on observation. 

Known more for his writing and social activities, Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam penned several literary works including novels, short stories, poems, etc. He was born to Sanasam Tomal Singh and Moirangthem ningol Maipakpi Devi on November 20, 1944 at Singjamei Makha, Sanasam Kollup. 

Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam served as the principal at the Nobel Medical College, Nepal. Prior to that, he had a long experience as professor in ENT at three medical colleges of India. 

He was a life member in various organisations of writers, workers in social clubs, musicians and lyricists, and health provider professionals, of which he worked as president and secretary in many areas wherever he has been in, including Apunba Matam Eshei Kanglup (AMMIK), All Manipur Music Association (AMMA), and Patriotic Writer’s Forum, amongst others. 

Dr Jodhachandra also served as the editor-in-chief of the first film magazine of Manipur “Film gi Taibang” and the editor of a magazine “Hakchang gi Paojel”. He contributed critical writing, and was a columnist of Hueiyen Lanpao English issue too. He presented papers in literary and medical seminars on many occasions. 

He is a recipient of awards, appreciations and recognitions in various fields.

He was also an approved lyricist of All India Radio, Imphal. His penned hit singles which remain people’s favourite to this day. Some of his work included — Kumon ama lakpsida khudolsidang tamlake, Eishu khudol tamjaningkhi nagna chtkhiba matam duda, Ngashigi nonglei nungshit sida eihaki wakhal kadaidano. 

Some of his noted writings are:

  • Thabal gee Kundo Pareng, Short Stories 1980
  • Akanba Shaphoo gee Irel, Novel 1981
  • El gee Eeda, Poetry 2007 
  • Ngasee di Ashengba Haaydoklage, Lyrics 2009, (Khuraijam Phullo Sanathol Mana Award 2012) 
  • Mathou Kanba DNA, Novel 2009, (Manipur State Akademi Award 2011, Sahitya Akademi Award, New Delhi 2012, BM Novel Award 2011, Yendrembam Surolata Puraskar 2012, Dinewshwari Sahitya Mana Award 2012)
  • Nong Nang Chuge Hanyrasu Chujaro: Short Stories 2010 
  • Nang gee Shaminduni Channabee: Poetry 2011, (Waribam Meino Sheireng Mana Award 2013)
  • Channabee Nang gee Shelreng: Poetry 2011 
  • Leishat Tamle Nang gee damak: Novel 2013, (Dr Kamal Kabiratna Ningshing Mana 2014, Yendrembam Surolata Puraskar 2015 Eeshei Amattang Nangmuk Phajaba Lyrics 2015)

For his English translation of Khamba Thoibi Seireng he was honoured with Sahitya Thoupanglup’s Nongthombam Kunjamohan Singh Translation Award 2017. In recognition of his contribution to Manipuri Literature, Dr Jodhachandra Sanasam was honoured with “Sahityabhusan” by Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, Imphal on its 83rd annual conference. 

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