Seven Sisters Music

Featuring the traditional music, dance, and performing arts of Manipur and Northeast India.

The book: Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur.

With Photography and text by Byron Aihara, Dance Music and Ritual in Manipur, is the first in depth photography book and cultural study on the indigenous faith and performing arts of the Northeast Indian state of Manipur. The research was carried out over a 16 month period (Nov. 2013 to March 2015). The project has received the support of the most respected elders and artists living in Manipur today. Acknowledgments include the Padma Shree awardee, musician Oja Khangembam Mangi, and the esteemed Maibi (female priestess and shaman) of Imphal, Ima Dhoni Amaibi. The contents of the book are curated from over 40,000 photographs and over 100 hours of video field recordings and tapes. The finished books text exceeds 50,000 words.

To buy in the USA Contact the author at:

To buy in India go to

In Manipur you can get the book at our friends bookstore and coffee shop, Books & Coffee. Singjamei, Imphal and Jain bookstore Thangal Bazar.

The book is being distributed in India by the New Delhi bookseller, ADARSH BOOKS, they can take bulk commercial order (from bookstores and individuals) and ship it to you. Enquire to: | P: +91 11 23246131, +91 11 23246131

For international sales and shipping to anywhere in the world by online purchase contact my publisher and visit his website.

For inquires and questions send me an email: byron.aihara at

You can read more about the book at its dedicated site:

About the Manipur Book

The website Seven Sisters Music works in conjunction with the book and gives videos and sound recordings of subjects and photographs covered in the text.


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