Traditional music and dance of Manipur and Northeast India

Tag: Meitei

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]