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Manipuri Dance

One of the six classical dance forms of India, Manipuri dance is the indigenous dance form of Manipur in north-east India. Manipuri Dance is also a generic name and includes all dance forms of this region folk, classical and modern. This style is multifaceted, ranging from the softest feminine to the vigorous masculine. Manipuri Dance has a set of rich colorful costumes including Gossamer veils, cylindrical mirrored skirts and intricately designed ornaments. The range it offers in technique, rhythm and tempo makes Manipuri performance a fascinating and stimulating experience.

Performed mainly in temples in relation to rituals and festivals, this religious dance intensely devotional in mood, draws from Vaishnavism, the cult of Vishnu-worship. It is said that Radha and Krishna were the first Manipuri performers. Legend also has it that Manipuri got its name when Lord Shiva and Parvati danced in the valleys of this region in the celestial glow of the jewel (Mani) on the head of the Holy Serpent, Adisesha.

Updated on 18th July, 2005


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