Heisnam Kanhailal was born on January 17, 1941, and died on October 6, 2016.
He was an Indian art theatre personality from Manipur.
He was awarded the Padma Shri civilian award in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan civilian award in 2016 by the Government of India.
Heisnam Kanhailal was the founder-director of Kalakshetra Manipur, a theatre laboratory established in 1969 that explores a new vocabulary in the existing language of theatre.
He was born in Keisamthong Thangjam Lairak, Imphal.
He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Direction in 1985, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama.
During December 2011, he was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna Award, the highest ranked and most valued Akademi award.
He was married to Sabitri Heisnam, his theatre associate and a fellow Padma Shri awardee.
Heisnam Kanhailal passed away at 75 years old.