What is Manipuri Dance?



Manipuri ' is one of the major classical dances of India . It originates from Manipur , a state in northeast India bordering Myanmar (also known as Burma ). In Manipur, surrounded by mountains and isolated is the meeting point of East and mainland India, the dance has developed with its own specific aesthetics, values, conventions and ethnicity. The worship of Radha and Krishna , particularly raslila, is central to its themes, but the dances, exceptionally, include signature dishes ( kartal or Manjira) and a two-headed drum ( pung or Manipuri mridanga) sankirtan visual performance. The Manipuri dancers, do not use the bells on their ankles to accentuate the rhythms with their feet, in contrast to other forms of dance from India, and support the dancer's foot gently on the ground. The movements of the body and feet and facial expressions in Manipuri dance are subtle and are intended for the devotion and grace. The traditional style of Manipuri dance movements embodies delicate, lyrical and elegant. The goal is to make rounded movements and avoid abrupt expressions, sharp edges or straight lines. It is this that gives the Manipuri dance its soft and wavy. The foot movements are seen as part of a compound movement throughout the body. The dancer puts his feet on the floor, even during vigorous steps, with the front touching the ground first. The joints of the knees and ankles are effectively used as shock absorbers.The dancer's feet or left on the floor or the specific points raised in the rhythm of the music, but a little before or after expressing the rhythmic points more effectively. The musical accompaniment for Manipuri dance comes from a percussion instrument called pung , a singer, cymbals , a stringed instrument called a penalty and a flute . Drummers who are always male artists, and after learning to play the pung, students are trained in dance with him while playing the drum. This dance is known as Pung Choloma. 


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