Dance

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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
He was a 2006 Grammy Award nominee in the 'Traditional World Music' category for his album Tibetan Master Chant. He acquired his Geshe degree (PhD) from Drepung Loseling Monastery, Karnataka, and is well-trained in the monastic dance ritual of cham. He has performed chanting with renowned…
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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
The etymological meaning of cham is dance. In the broader context, cham in Arunachal Pradesh can be divided into two categories—pantomime and monastic dance. Both the dances are religious by nature, but the monastic dance is considered more sacred.  Pantomime was originally started by a famous…
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Dr Manash Pratim Borah
The Cham (dance) is associated with some sects of Tibetan Buddhism. This module looks at its practice in four different Buddhist monasteries, belonging to the Geluk and the Nyingma sects, of West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh. There is emphasis on diversified folk elements of…
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Tarini Manchanda
The Sangtam tribe belongs to the Tuensang district in eastern Nagaland. Tuensang is located in the eastern part of Nagaland. It is bounded by Mon and Longleng Districts in the north and north east respectively, Mokokchung in the northwest, Zunheboto in the southwest, Kiphire in the south, and…
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Tarini Manchanda
Khiamniungan is one of the major Naga tribes, inhabiting the Tuensang and Noklak districts and the adjoining areas of Myanmar. Khiamniungan literally translates to source of great waters. Farming is one of the primary occupations of the people of this region. The Khiamniungan tribals, who…
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Tarini Manchanda
At the state-sponsored Hornbill Festival, the Garo cultural troupe performed a harvest dance, part of their popular Wangala festival celebrations that usually takes place in October–November. One of the 16 state-recognised tribes in Nagaland, the Garo tribe lives in areas across Meghalaya, Nagaland…
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Sonam Ambe
In this interview, he discusses the nuances of khele and how it has changed in his lifetime.  Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted in two parts—on January 14, 2018 in Oshi village and on October 13, 2018 over telephone. Originally in Marathi, it was translated into English…
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Sonam Ambe
Khele is one of the many performance art forms from Konkan, the western coastal belt of India along Maharashtra. Performed by the Kunbi community of central Konkan in Ratnagiri district, khele (which traces its roots to the word khel, which means both play and a dramatic performance) is a three-…
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