Travelling Through History Lane- Manipuri

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India is not just about culture and heritage it has much more to say! Today in my post I will be talking with my readers about the famous, authentic dance form which has grace, elegance and beautiful mudras…Manipuri. Giving a brief look at the history of this Indian Classical dance form; It is the classical dance from the north east Indian state of Manipur.¬† Its themes are devotional and are performed on religious occasions and in temples throughout the area.¬†Another name for this dance form to which it is referred is “sankirtan”.¬† The term Manipuri actually covers a number of dance forms from the region and the most important amongs them is Ras Lila and the Pung Cholom. This was a brief history for the dance lovers.

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How interesting it would be to see performers present Rahda Krishan Ras Lila in breath taking costumes, I used to wonder till the time I have not seen this dance form. But when I encountered this form of classical dance during my visit to Manipur few years back, jaw drop was the expression on my face. Not only this classical dance has something unique to tell you every time but it has some power of attraction in it, if you look into the big dramatic eyes of the performers once during their performance you can not look any where else for the time being.

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Unlike other dancer who perform Indian classical Manipuri dancers do not wear ankle bells, ghungrus to accentuate the beats tapped out by the feet, this is because in this dance form the dancers’ feet never strike the ground hard. Movements of the body and feet and facial expressions in Manipuri dance are subtle and aim at devotion and grace.

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There are no sharp moves in this dance form but still it has to capacity to behold one’s breath, to make him fall in love with this dance form. Manipuri does not only entertains his views but also tell them about the culture, history and the heritage of out country in a fun way.

If you interested in dance or in history or the culture this is a perfect way to know it all…..

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