Dances of India: Manipuri

ManipuriThe Manipuris have song and dance woven into their life and regard themselves as the descendents of gandharvas. Their love for dance.

Their love for reflects their rich lore of legend and mythology There is no authoritative record of the history of Manipur's dance and music prior to the 18th Century A.D.

However, the lasting developments in technique and methods took place during the time of Jai Singh (1764 to 1789), who was a great devotee of Lord Krishna and a follower of Vaishnavism.

Among the legendary and mythological tales, the Rasa Lila, dance performed by Shiva and Parvati and Lai Haraoba, of Khamba and Thoibi the celebrated lovers, deserves special mention.

ManipuriIn the Rosa Lila, the movements are extremely graceful coupled with soft and light steps in which the heels never touch down. The dancers have a fixed, angelic expression on the face.

The costume is extremely colourful and glittering. Lai Haraoba is the oldest dance form of Manipur and belongs to the pre-Vaishnava period. The dance style is diffused and meandering.

The dancers make stylized hand and body movements, but the face remains blank. The steps are gentle yet powerful.

Even today, dancing remains a key element in the art and ritual of daily life in Manipur. Where the genius of Tansen st at sadhana.

Symbolizing the endeavor of the individual artist and the fusion of two cultures- Hindu and Muslim to enrich Indian Art.

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