Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

about Byron Aihara and Seven Sisters Music

Seven Sisters Music is creating books, videos, sound recordings, and web pages exploring the traditional performing arts of Northeast Indian state of Manipur.

Byron Aihara is a film maker and photographer, whose work for the past eight years has been centered on traditional performance arts of Northeast India. His recently published book on dance and music in Manipur is Titled Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur. The book contains over 300 photographs and extensive researched text.
Having spent more than five of the past 14 years traveling extensively throughout India, Nepal, and Indonesia, mostly in villages and towns, Byron considers himself an “explorer”. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Film and Television with a degree in production. And has directed a feature film documentary Marriage in Chanderi and a number of short films.
Byron’s current research work is independent and large in scope. His goal is to present the many traditional dance, musics, and rituals of Northeast India with a focus on those which are endangered or are in need of immediate protection.

Based in California, Byron lives in Santa Cruz. His work has been published in Discover India’s Northeast Magazine, Surfer Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler (India), The Hindu, Mumbai Mirror, and other publications. He has been shortlisted by the Royal Photographic Society for their annual print exhibition. He also has a featured profile and gallery sponsored by

Byron Aihara with Oja Khangembam Mangka