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  • 05 July, 2022

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  • It is an ancient classical dance that originated in the Northeast state of Manipur.
  • The earliest form of dance in Manipur is Lai Haraoba which forms the basis of all dances.
  • Lai haraoba is a festival that means the merry-making of God. It has roots in Manipur’s pre-Vaishnava era.
  • The central theme of the dance is the love story of Krishna and Radha.
  • The Manipuri culture is a combination of both Indian and South-Eastern cultures.
  • The chief instrument used in this are drum and flute for this dance.

The theme in Manipuri dances

  • The majority of the themes are influenced by Vaishnava’s theme of Hinduism.
  • There are also themes related to Shaivism, Shaktism and regional deities.
  • In the tandava style, Krishna, Shakti, or Shiva are portrayed as warriors.

Three styles of Manipuri Ras Leela:

  • Tal Rasak-accompanied by clapping.
  • Danda Rasak- drums are beaten with two sticks while the position of the dancer creates the geometric pattern.
  • Mandal Rasak –the character of Krishna is at the centre whereas the gopis surrounding him.

Famous Manipuri Dancers: Yumlembham Gambhini Devi, Guru Bipin Shina, Nirmala Mehta, etc.

Source: The Hindu

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