Manipuri Dance - A Pictorial Pack

Manipuri Dance - A Pictorial Pack

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Author: A Compilation
Publisher: Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 00
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/a


This package of 24 color illustrations on art paper with a book on Mainpuri Dance is a valuable addition to the literature on India's cultural history. The origin of Manipuri dance can be traced back to ancient times that go beyond recorded history. .

Dance in India has a rich and vital tradition dating back to ancient times. Excavations, inscriptions, chronicles, genealogies of kings and artists, literary sources, sculptures and paintings of different periods provide extensive evidence on dance. Myths and legends also support the view that dance had a significant place in the religious and social life of the Indian people.

An ancient classification followed in all styles is of Tandava and Lasya. Tandava , the masculine, is heroic, bold and vigorous. Lasya, the feminine is soft, lyrical and graceful Manipuri dance incorporates both the tandava and lasya and ranges from the most vigorous masculine to the subdued and graceful feminine. Generally known for its lyrical and graceful movements, Manipuri dance has an elusive quality.

The Manipuri classical style of singing is called Nat – very different from both north and south Indian music, this style is immediately recognizable with its high pitched open throated rendering with particular type of trills and modulations. The main musical instrument is the ‘Pung’ or the Manipuri classical drum. There are also many other kinds of drums used in Manipuri dance and music. The Pene, a stringed instrument is used in ‘Lai Haraoba’ and ‘Pene singing’. Various kinds of cymbals are used in ‘Sankirtana’ and ‘Ras’. The flute is also used to accompany vocal singing.

The dance in Manipur is associated with rituals and traditional festivals; there are legendary references to the dances of Shiva and Parvati and other gods and goddesses who created the universe.


1. Khuning Kauthokpa
2. Chali
3. Bhangi Pareng
4. Bhangi Pareng
5. Plucking flowers
6. A bud
7. Applying chandan
8. Kundala
9. Looking
10. Calling
11. Yashoda with Krishna
12. Remembering
13. Abhisarika Nayika
14. Khandita Nayika
15. Yamuna
16. Pichkari
17. Radha Krishna Yugal Roop
18. Lai Haraoba
19. Maibi Laiching Jagoi
20. Manipuri dance accompaniments
21. Kartal Cholom
22. Pung Cholom
23. Pung Cholom
24. Thang-ta