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Manipuri dance is one of the classical dances of India. This is a dance from the state called Manipur in India.
Christel Stevens and Noopur Singha in a Manipuri dance sequence
Nestling deep within a lush green corner of North East India is the wondrously beautiful little Shangrila called Manipur.
Literally meaning -" a jewelled land" this veritable paradise has been untouched and undiscovered. Manipur promises to be a great tourist discovery of the next century.
An oval shaped virgin valley surrounded by blue green hills, Manipur is rich in art and tradition.
People and tribes of Manipur include Meities, Naga, and Kuki-Chin-Mizo groups and other colourful communities which have lived in complete harmony for centuries. These are the people whose folklore ,myths and legends, dances, indegeneous games and martial arts, exotic handlooms and handicrafts, are invested with the mystique of nature and an indefatigible "joie de vivre".The wonders are never ending, the place is Manipur.
Gestures in Poetry:
Manipur is a mosaic of traditions and cultural patterns. In the field of art and culture, the
state is best represented by its classical and folk-dance forms. Ras Leela songs and dances depict the Leelas (Sports) of Lord Krishna as a child with the Gopis (milkmaids) of Brindavan, and express their yearning for the union with the Lord. The Ras dances are essentially lyrical and have extremely graceful movements. A spring festival , the " Lai-Haraoba" held in April and May is symbolized by a traditional, stylised and ritualistic dance performed for peace and prosperity.
The tribal folk dances of Manipur are an expression of nature, creativity and aestheticism of the tribal way of life.