IntroductionLai Haraoba is a religious festival celebrated by the Meitei people who are largely settled in and around Manipur. It is held at neighbourhood shrines dedicated to the local umanglai deities. These is a generic category of deities within the religious faith of the Meiteis that pre-dates…
Zeliangrong is a portmanteau of Zeme, Liangmai and Rongmei (Ze + Liang + Rong), three cognate groups of tribes. These three groups practise a number of traditional festivals. Though the festivals are observed under different names, they have similar themes and objectives. Among the traditional…
E. Nilakanta Singh writes about the different styles of Manipuri Sankirtana.
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Lai Haraoba is the re-enactment of creation. Embedded in this festival are the cultural and artistic traditions of Manipur. Even the Ras that came after Hinduisation has been inspired by the dance tradition of Lai Haraoba, whose dance gestures were composed in the choreography of Ras to express the…
Richana: Please say your name.
Bino: My name is Lourembam Bino Devi. I’m from Singjamei Mathak Thokchom Leikai.
Richana: What is your age?
Richana: What is this work called in the Meitei language?
Bino: It is called leeba
Richana: Do you draw on the fabric before cutting?