Remembering Vanhlupuii: A Tribute to Mizoram's Musical Icon


Mizoram stands in solemn tribute as it bids farewell to the inimitable Vanhlupuii, a name synonymous with the soulful melodies that echoed through the hills and valleys of the state. With her passing, an era in Mizoram's musical tapestry draws to a close, yet her legacy continues to reverberate, weaving its way into the hearts of generations to come.

Vanhlupuii, hailed as the singing sensation of Mizoram, embarked on her final journey after bravely battling illness, with a stroke serving as the final note in her symphony of life. At the age of 77, she leaves behind a rich legacy that transcends time and space, touching the lives of not just Mizoram, but music lovers everywhere.

Born into a family where music flowed as freely as the rivers, Vanhlupuii was destined for greatness. The daughter of the legendary Mizo composer Vankhama, she emerged as a shining star among her 14 siblings, captivating audiences from the tender age of 4 with her mesmerizing voice and enchanting stage presence.

Her journey through Mizoram's tumultuous history was a testament to the resilience and power of music in times of adversity. Despite the challenges posed by the MNF's independence movement, Vanhlupuii remained unwavering in her dedication to music, using her voice to uplift spirits and inspire hope in the darkest of hours.

In her own words, she eloquently articulated the profound connection between music and the Mizo community, portraying it as a beacon of solace and unity during times of strife.

Vanhlupuii's contributions extended far beyond the realm of music. As the first woman from Mizoram to earn a Bachelor of Commerce degree, she blazed trails in education and empowerment. Her association with All India Radio (AIR) began in 1957, eventually propelling her to the prestigious title of Top Grade Artist.

Throughout her illustrious career, Vanhlupuii garnered numerous accolades and awards, each serving as a testament to her exceptional talent and unwavering dedication. From the LG Trophy in 1980 to the Jyoty Prasad Agarwal Award for North East Outstanding Artist in 1978, her accolades spoke volumes of her impact on the world of music.

As Mizoram bids farewell to one of its most cherished musical icons, Vanhlupuii's legacy lives on through her timeless melodies and the countless lives she touched with her music and her indomitable spirit. Though she may no longer grace the stage with her presence, her melodies will continue to echo through the hills, a reminder of the enduring power of music to unite, inspire, and transcend.