Manipur

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Kadiguang Panmei
He is 81 years old and is a practitioner of the nrah (cup violin), which he learnt to play and construct from his time in the khangchius (Ruangmei men’s dormitories). In this interview, Daimei recounts the days growing up in the khangchiu in his village of Thalluan where he learnt most of the songs…
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Kadiguang Panmei
Most traditional cultures and their folk music have a variety of accompanying musical instruments. The form, melody and function are indicative of that culture's technical and geographical ingenuity. The Ruangmei Naga people are one of several tribes of the Naga people that inhabit Northeast India…
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Kadiguang Panmei
The Ruangmei Nagas, like other Naga tribes, are known for their rich cultural heritage. Their traditions are rooted in their origin as part of a conglomerate of tribes called the Zeliangruang, which comprise of the Zemei, the Liangmei, the Ruangmei and Inpui tribes. Zeliangruang Naga people are…
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Kadiguang Panmei
Ruangmeis are one of the Naga tribes of India and are predominantly based in Tamenglong and Noney districts of Manipur and parts of Assam and Nagaland. The name Ruangmei means people from the south and is an indication of the direction they migrated to from their ancestral home of Makuilongdi. …
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Sainico Ningthoujam
She received the National Award for embroidery in 2004. Today, she is an entrepreneur promoting the art of handmade embroidery and preserving traditional motifs in phanek mayek naibi (a patterned sarong worn by Meitei women).  Following is an edited transcript of the interview conducted at Devi’s…
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Sainico Ningthoujam
Phanek is a sarong worn by the Meitei people of Manipur as part of their traditional attire. It has distinct weaving patterns and motifs depending on the community wearing it, its history, regional specificity and traditions.  Lower garments like phanek are found across India’s Northeast, such as …
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Sainico Ningthoujam
The sarong is a popular traditional lower garment in East Asian communities and has several distinctions based on the individual history or practices of distinct tribes. In the northeastern region of India alone, the ethnic diversity of people living along the Eastern Himalaya have stylistic…
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Sainico Ningthoujam
Phanek mayek naibi is the traditional sarong worn by Meitei women in Manipur. It continues to be an intrinsic part of their formal wear as well as a part of traditional and festive attire.   The motifs that are used to decorate the borders of the phanek can be traced back to indigenous mythologies …
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Shruti Chakraborty
Long before the images of women of Shaheen Bagh came to symbolise feminine power in contemporary India, thousands of Manipuri women came together to effect change unlike any other. We look at how the two Nupi Lan movements (1904 and 1939) changed the course of history. (In pic: The Nupi Lan…
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B.N. Goswamy
Two books on the life and times of Burma in the early 20th century talk about Burmese silk having been 'introduced from Assam and China at an early date along the Irrawaddy Valley'. Prof. B.N. Goswamy talks about how 'hundreds of these Muneepoorian captives were put to weaving' in Burma in the…
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