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L. Somi Roy

L. Somi Roy is a cultural conservationist and curator who writes on film, culture and polo for publications in India and the United States. He promotes international polo and Manipuri pony preservation in India, and is a film curator who has organized exhibitions for the Asia Society, Museum of Modern Art, Film at Lincoln Center and Whitney Museum of American Art. He has also translated the original Manipuri works of his mother, the Manipuri writer M.K. Binodini Devi. His published translations of Binodini include her historical novel The Princess and the Political Agent, a Penguin Modern Classic published by Penguin Random House India; memoir essays The Maharaja’s Household: A Daughter’s Memories of Her Father; her play Crimson Rainclouds; and screenplay My Son, My Precious. Roy is the founder of Imasi: The Maharaj Kumari Binodini Devi Foundation in his native land Manipur.

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