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Chief Minister N Biren Singh has condoled the demise of legendary guitarist, musician and composer Wahengbam Samson, who passed away at 67 last week.
“Born on January 3, 1953, at Wahengbam Leikai, Samson was the undisputed leader in playing (the) guitar during the 1980s and 1990s in our state. Known for his versatility, he had (the) unparalleled capability to handle guitar for any genre. Samson was truly an inspiration to young musicians and music lovers. His passion and knowledge of music were well reflected in his compositions and performances on the stage,” Singh said.
“Sam was also known for his contributions towards popularization of Manipuri music. He had served Apunba Manipuri Matam Ishei Kanglup (AMMIK), the apex body of musicians and singers of Manipur, in different capacities till his last breath. He was also the founder member of (the) popular group, Roop Raag,” he said.
“In his demise, we have lost a legendary musician who always kept on thinking about the promotion of Manipuri culture and music. His demise is an irreparable loss to our music industry,” he added.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)