L. Somi Roy is a cultural conservationist and curator who writes on film, culture and polo for publications in India and the United States. He promotes international polo and Manipuri pony preservation in India, and is a film curator who has organized exhibitions for the Asia Society, Museum of Modern Art, Film at Lincoln Center and Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also translated the original Manipuri works of his mother, the Manipuri writer M.K. Binodini Devi. His published translations of Binodini include her historical novel The Princess and the Political Agent, a Penguin Modern Classic published by Penguin Random House India; memoir essays The Maharaja's Household: A Daughter's Memories of Her Father; her play Crimson Rainclouds; and screenplay My Son, My Precious. Roy is the founder of Imasi: The Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi Foundation in his native land Manipur.
A collection of endearing and vibrant retellings of Manipuri myths told for the first time ever to the outside world!
Dear Reader, do you know Â· why the deer does not eat rice? Â· why man gets wrinkles and a stoop? Â· why the cat buries its poop? Â· why a doll is worshipped in a village called Kakching?
Discover twelve magical tales from Manipur, the mountain land in the north-east of India on the border with Myanmar. Passed down by learned scholars, balladeers and grandmothers over hundreds of years, these unknown myths and fables are enriched with beautifully rich paintings that will transport you to Manipur!