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Hmars are one of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo groups of tribes inhabiting in Manipur, Mizoram and North Cachar Hills District of Assam. Originally migrated from China, they still observe their traditional culture by organizing their traditional festivals connecting with agricultural cycle and other community rites and practices.

The cultural traditional of Hmars are can be seen in their folk songs and dances. They perform a number of dances; the Harvest dance is called Chon lam and the hunting dance is known as Salu lam. Khuong (drum) is the main musical instrument used by the tribe. Other musical instruments used include Pheiphit (whistle made of bamboo), Theihlea (bamboo flute), Darkhuong (gong), Darbu (set of small gong), Darmang (flat brass gong), Seki (set of Mithun horn), Hna Mut (Leaf instrument) and Perkhuong (guitar made of bamboo).

Updated on 14th June, 2005

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