Well, known senior photojournalist of Manipur, Phanjoubam Santosh passed away on Friday. He died following a brief illness at his Wangkhei Meihoubam Lampak in Imphal East district at around 5 pm on Friday. He was 57 and survived by his mother, wife and two children. Santosh was in fact known among the entire media fraternity. Santosh started clicking the photo in 1974 and became a freelance photojournalist in 1980 and later he became first Reuters photographer from Manipur. Santosh who captured the crucial and momentous events of Manipur’s history in the last more than 30 years through his lens, had even displayed through his solo photo exhibitions in the state from February 2014 onwards. For his focused and determined works, he was given lifetime achievement award in photojournalism in 2005. He was passionate about his work, he was a keen traveller, and he was a great mentor to young photographers as well.
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has expressed shock and deep sadness over the sudden and untimely demise of senior photojournalist Phanjoubam Santosh due to an ailment on August 9, 2019. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister lamented that the State has lost an experienced, courageous, energetic and upright photojournalist. The CM further added that Santosh during his illustrious career spanning around 40 years, was associated with many reputed media houses like Reuters, Press Trust of India and North East Sun, etc. Condoling the death of the senior photojournalist, N Biren also expressed solidarity with the bereaved family at this time of sorrow. He also prayed that his soul may rest in peace in heavenly abode.