Imphal: Eminent writer and princess of
Manipur`s former royal family, Maharaj Kumari Binodini died in
her residence here, family sources said Tuesday.
She passed awaly at around 8.15 last night.
Binodini was 89 and survived by two sons and two
grand children. Her husband Nano Singh, who was the first
director of state health services after the merger of Manipur
with the union of India, predeceased her.
A prolific writer whose many stories were filmed,
Binodini was conferred `Padmasri` which she later returned
to the central government for not withdrawing the Armed Forces
Special Powers Act from Manipur.
Youngest daughter of former Manipur Maharaj Sir
Churachand Singh, Binodini was popularly called `Imasi`
(respected mother) by the Manipuris.
She was educated at St Mary`s College in Shillong and
later at Vidyasagar College in West Bengal. She wrote hundreds
of short stories, novels and essays on various social issues.
A film based on her novel `Imagi Ningthem` (My dear
son) bagged several international awards.
Her mortal remains were consigned to flames at Yaiskul
near her house late last night.