Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

Category: Folk songs

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 […]

Puthem Chaobi sings folksongs from Chakpa Andro village, Manipur.

Puthem Chaobi sings folksongs from Chakpa Andro village, Manipur.

Puthem Chaobi is a folksinger of the Chakpa village of Andro, East Imphal,Manipur. She can recall many of the traditional folksongs of her village which no one else remembers or sings. We were able to record Iche Puthem Chaobi during December of 2013. The recording […]

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 […]