Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

Category: Dance

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

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  

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

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 times ominous. Traditionally the Lai […]

The book: Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur

The book: Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur

Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur, is the first in depth English language book focusing on the indigenous folk performing arts  of Manipur in Northeast India. With over 300 photographs and comprehensive text by Byron Aihara, the project has received the support and blessing of […]