Essay On Manipur

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Manipur and her living
Pre-Vaishnavite dance (folk) form and Post- Vaishnavite dance (Classical) form
By
Sinam Basu Singh
(Sangeet Natak’s Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar)
Ph.d Scholar
Imphal, Manipur

Introduction of Manipur:
Manipur is a shining pearl in the Himalayan range. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru described Manipur as the “Jewel of India”. Manipur is naturally a very beautiful and one of the Seven sister states of North East India, it is a border state in the North Eastern part of India having an international boundary of about 352 km. Nagaland in the North, Mizoram in the South, Upper Myanmar in the East and Cachar district of Assam in the west surrounded Manipur. The state is divided into two broad division viz. the hills and the valley. The valley lies in the central part of the state and surrounded by the hills on all side. Manipur had been a union Territory from 1956 and became a full-fledged state from 1972. Manipur language was recognised as a national language in 1992.
Manipur has nine districts i.e. Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Chandel, Churachandpur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul.
Manipur is inhabited by different ethnic and
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It is one of the most distinct place in the history of costume designing in the country. It has a story that Shri Krishna appeared in the dream and instructed Rajarshi Bhagyachandra about this Ras costume. Rajarshi Bhagyachandra conceived this costume and it is worn traditionally from then. The costumes are design in such manner that the bodyline of a dancer is not highlighted. Again the face of the character dancers of Radha and Gopis is covered by a transparent veil because to help to negate the entertaining aspect of a dance recital but add to the devotional aspect of the dance form. Such has been its impact, that one cannot visualise a Manipuri dance recital without a Ras

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