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Late R. K. Sanahal Singh

Shri Rajkumar Sanahal Singh, B.Com, who was an eye opener to the immense treasures of Manipur History and old Manipur literatures by taking active part in introducing the same to the people of Manipur, was born on Thursday the 27th June 1918 at Thangmeiband Khoyathong, Imphal, Manipur.

He is one of the descendants of late Maharaj Chourjit Singh. He was born out of the wedlock of late Shri Rajkumar Gunendrajit Singh the grandson of Rajkumar Narendrajit Singh who has been known as Sana Chahi Ahum ( being born after the pregnancy of 3 years) and late Smt. Sougaijam Atoleima Devi. Shri Rajkumar Narendrajit Singh, father of R.K. Sanahal Singh was the holder of the post of Imphal Lakhpa (the collector of taxes of Imphal area) during the reign of late Maharaja Sir Churachand Singh K.C.I. of Manipur. He passed Matriculation examination from Bengali High School under Calcutta University in the year 1938. He passed I.A. examination from Gauhati Cotton College and then B.Com examination from Calcutta City College. He was by that time one of the few leading educated persons of Manipur. As he was the 1st person in Manipur who passed B.Com examination he was also called as B.Com Sana.

            After passing B.Com exam, he rendered his service as a teacher of Residential Sindam Sang High School. During the reign of king he was Income Tax Officer then afterwards he become Taxation Officer of Manipur. Thereafter he also rendered his service, as Administrative Officer, Treasury Officer Imphal, S.D.O. Sadar Hills and S.D.O. Imphal West. He retired from service in the year 1977 as S.D.O. Imphal West. Apart from these he was a renowned writer and wrote more than 70 books including text books during his life time. He also devoted his valuable time in research works by collecting the records of Manipur kingdom and many records available in the neighboring states like Assam, West Bengal etc. He was also closely related to the Manipur literatures and cultural activities. In the year 1981-82 he was the President/Chairman of the Manipur Sahitya Parishad and Cultural forum for two terms. He was also a member of Naharol Sahitya Premi Committee and Naharol Sahitya Sabha. Besides, he was the President of State Kala Academy Executive and General Council. He was also a member of Manipur State Secondary Board of Education and Sahitya Academy Eastern Zone Advisory Council.

            Beginning his career of writing from 1941 he wrote many articles both in the Magazine “Naharol” published by the Calcutta Manipur students and in Manipur daily newspaper “Ngasi”. He wrote during his life time some Masterpiece books namely Manipur Itihas, Bir Tidendrajit Singh, Thangal General, Glimpses of Manipur, Peep into Manipur, A Short History of Manipur etc. which are very useful to the public particularly to research students. He also edited from the old books (Purans) many books namely Chingthang Khomba Ganga Chatpa, Leirol, Meiteirol Aribagi Ramayan, Meitei Chephong, Haodeijam Cheitnyagi Punsinba Lairiksing etc.

            During his life time assessing his achievements in his writings, research works and activities he was awarded in 1982 “Fellowship” by State Kala Academy, in 1986 Gavesana Bhusan by Manipur Sahitya Parishad and in 1987 certificate of Honour for writing “Legis News” by the speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly.

            He breathed his last on Saturday the 13th January 1990.

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