Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

Category: Music

Laihui Children’s class with Mangka.

Laihui Children’s class with Mangka.

Children’s music class at Laihui. With Mangka Mayanglambam. Laihui is a center for the traditional performing arts in Imphal, Manipur. Founded in the 1980s by a collective of musicians and artists they are working to preserve and protect the music and dance of the region. Every […]

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

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 songs of his tribe the […]

Traditional and rare folksongs from Kakching, with Ima Chandani

Traditional and rare folksongs from Kakching, with Ima Chandani

Here are some rare folksongs performed by Ima Yehkhom Chandani Leima. Ima remembers some of the songs from her youth. Today many songs are being forgotten and it is only the elder folks of the villages who retain them. Perhaps Ima Chandani is the only […]

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

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 Lai Haraoba. These song of praise […]

Mangka sings Moirang Sai with Laihui Ensemble

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 by Seven Sisters Music, with […]

Lai Ishei Shakpa of Chakpa Phayeng. Lullaby to the Lai.

Lai Ishei Shakpa of Chakpa Phayeng. Lullaby to the Lai.

The Lai Ishei Shakpa are the unique ritual songs sung at the Chakpa Phayeng Lai Haraoba. They could be said to be Lullaby that sends the Lai deities to sleep at the close of each evening program. The Ishei Shakpa are sung by the Arangbi […]

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 […]