What is Manipuri?

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Saddiya  Anwar asked 16-Feb-2020 in Indian Culture by Saddiya Anwar

What is Manipuri?

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Saddiya  Anwar answered 16-Feb-2020 by Saddiya Anwar

What is Manipuri?

Among the six classical dance styles of India, Manipuri is popular all around the world. It is indigenous to the state of Manipur. The roots of the is the ancient Sanskrit text Natya Shastra. Radha and Krishna's love story are commonly acted out in the dance drama performance. 

This dance form is a team performance, with its own unique costumes, aesthetics, conventions and repertoire. It is, for most part, marked by a performance that is graceful, fluid, sinuous with greater emphasis on hand and upper body gestures. This dance form is accompanied with devotional music created with many instruments, with the beat set by cymbals (kartal or manjira) and double-headed drum (pung or Manipuri mrdanga) of sankirtan. 

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