Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

Category: Lai Haraoba

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]