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Manipuri Dance, India, 1995

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PROGRAM

1.Niwabisai Rituals ――Kumanotaisha Shrine Yakumogaku Music
2. The Lai Haraoba (Merry-making and Festivities of Gods)
 This is the traditional Manipuri ritual dance enacting the different stages of creation of the Universe by the gods. People led by priests and priestesses. Known as maibas and maibis, come to call up the God Lai and perform a dance which represents the life cycle of the Lai. The maibi usually falls into a trance and dances to the tune of the pena, a kind of one-stringed fiddle.
3. Thang-ta (Art of Sword and Spear)
  Thang-ta is an art of both self-defense and offense, with a deep spiritual foundation and a long historical tradition. At Lai Haraoba festivals, this is performed to re-enact the destruction and creation of the Universe with extreme agility and graceful step holding swords, spears, shields, and sticks.

4.Cholam (Dance of Drummer)
  Chalam is an acrobatic dance with Indian drums. In the cholam, many drummers play at the same time. The drummers, while executing highly intricate and acrobatic movements, keeps the rhythm.

5.Lass-lila and Naga dance
  Lass-lila is one of the most gracious dance in Manipur. On a night with a full moon the God Krishna plays the flute, which lures out his lover, Rada, and her village friends (Gopi), and they dance together. The Naga dance is a dance of the Naga people who live in the hills of Manipur and is performed at village festivals. With its quick steps and graceful movements, it represents bees flying from flower to flower in search of honey.

6.Joint Performance of Manipuri Dance and Izumo Kagura
  An attempt to mix Manipuri dance and Izumo kagura. The performance will also include varying forms of Cholam and Japanese drums.

 

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