Pena Music: Oja Mangi, Yakeiba / Yakairol (Morning Invocations).

The master Pena Khongba (musician), Oja Kangembam Mangi plays the ritual morning invocations of Lai Haraoba known formally as Yakeiba and more popularly as Yakairol. One of the great values of these recording are their capture in their actual setting at the Manipur ritual festival of…

Mangka sings Moirang Sai with Laihui Ensemble

Manipuri folk singer, Mangka Mayanglambam performs the traditional Meitei performance style known as Moirang Sai (Tales from Moirang Khamba Thoibi). Mangka performs the two most popular sections of the repertoire,  Kwakta Lamjel (The Tournament Race at Kwakta). The set is produced…

Maibi’s, Kanglei Thokpa / Lai Nupi Thiba. Trance Dance of Lai Haroaba.

Of the Amaibi’s ritual dances, perhaps the most beautiful and dramatic is the Kanglei Thokpa, known also as Lai Nupi Thiba, “the Lai searching for their bride”. It is a trance dance of the highest order, mystical, theatrical, and at…

Oja Dingbulung: Music of the Kabui (Rongmei) Naga tribe of Manipur

  One of the elders of the Kabui Naga community is Oja Dingbulung. He lives with his family at Mahabali Kabui Khul, a tribal neighborhood near the palace grounds in Imphal. Oja has great knowledge of many rare and disappearing…

Lai Haraoba, Leisem Jagoi (Dances of Devotion) Chakpa Phayeng

Leisem Jagoi Chakpa Phayeng   Another Phayeng Leisem Jagoi by Iche Thabhallei  of Phayeng. She may be the only person who still can perform this special ancient dance. 1st dance 2nd dance