M.K. Binodini Devi was a Manipuri writer who wrote under the single name Binodini. She was born as a princess into a palace life. She bridged the two worlds of ancient royalty and modern life, transcending the constraints of royalty to live to the full life of an enlightened commoner and emerged as the iconic pioneer in the evolution of Manipuri modernism.
Binodini brought a deep humanism and a sense of beauty and aesthetics to all her work. She made her name in the wider world as a novelist and a writer of short stories, essays, plays and screenplays of award-winning films, lyrics, poems and ballet scripts. But her work spread beyond literature and film, theatre, and dance to sculpture, environmentalism, women’s issues, youth, social activism and electoral politics. Her work garnered accolades beyond Manipur on the national stage and in the international arena.