Byron Aihara is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. His work has focused on exploring and documenting the traditional performance arts of Manipur in Northeast India. He has published a book, "Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur". And is currently completing a second book titled, "Their Heart’s Desired, Songs of Manipur’s Ancestors". Byron holds a degree in production and film studies from UCLA’s School of Film and Television. He has directed a feature documentary, Marriage in Chanderi, several short films and over 20 videos of traditional music and dance in Manipur. Since 2004 Byron has traveled throughout India, Nepal, and Indonesia, living and working on the road mostly in villages and towns. His research is independent. His goal is to present with “new eyes” the living traditional dance, music, and rituals of our world which are endangered and in need of immediate protection. His work has was recently selected for the Royal Photographic Society’s annual print exhibition 2020.