I love people of Manipur and they also love ... The Manipuri dance is famous throughout the world. Here women do much of the work including the outdoor work and men are relived to a great extent.
Manipuri dance is long recognized as a classical dance form in India – both administratively and socially. However, given the difficult geographic access to Manipur and Northeastern India in general the dance form has relative less publicity in large Indian cities.
Being an art born out of the soil, Manipuri dance which achieves classicity through the ages, retains still the abstract, magical quality associated with the Lai Haraoba tradition.
Manipuri dance has both similarities and differences with other Indian Dances. The movements of Manipuri dances are all found in the movement system described in the Bharata ’s Natyashastra. Most importantly, the music system, especially the tala system in Manipuri dance is very similar to that used in the major music systems in India with a few regional variations.
The opening movements of Manipuri dance, chali ... required synchronisation in movement of almost all the parts of the body head, eye, neck, hands and legs. You keep discovering different facets of yourself as you learn more about dance.
Manipuri dancing must be kept absolutely pure, you hear? No jerks, no wriggles. Not even the needles flutter of a single eyelash.
In Manipur , dancing is charged with faith , the devotional fervour of bhakthi . To a Manipuri, one whole life is a dance offering.
The history of Manipuri dance can be divided into two broad phases – the pre-Hindu and Hindu. The premiere festival of the Pre-Hindu tradition of Manipur, the word LaiHaraoba has been derived from “lai hoi lauba” which literally means shouting of the word “hoi” by the gods reflecting on the Meitei creation myth.Sohini Ray