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Manipuri Dance and Culture An Anthology

Manipuri Dance and Culture An Anthology
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Item Code: NAP486
Author: Dr. Adhikarimayum Radhamanbi Devi
Publisher: AKANSHA PUBLISHING HOUSE
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788183705318
Pages: 193
Cover: HARDCOVER
Other Details: 8.50 X 6.00 inch
About The Book

The function of dance in Manipuri culture is the focus of the essays. In the book, the contributors interpret how Manipuri culture expresses itself through dance, approaching the materials from the varying perspectives of literary, cultural, dance, performance, etc. This anthology looks at many modes of dance. It explores the history of dance and emphasizes important trends in contemporary theatrical and social performance. This book is a humble attempt to highlight the different aspects of Manipuri dance and its classical tradition which is the heritage of the Manipuris. The book itself focuses on the traditions, culture, rituals and classical dance of Manipur. It also comprises of the images of Vaishnavism, Lai Haraoba, Goura leela, Thang-ta, etc. It is believed that it will help people from all walks of life to understand the importance of dance and culture and its interrelationship.

About The Author

Dr. Adhikarimayum Radhamanbi Devi is presently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance and Music, Manipur University. She completed her M.A. (Manipuri) and Ph.D. in Dance from Manipur University. She has also completed P.G. in Rass Lila and Lai Haraoba fom Jawaharal Nehru Manipur Dance Academy. Besides, she served as Local Cordinator as nominated by Eastern Zone Cultural Centre (EZCC), Kolkata and Sangeet Natak Akademi North East Centre Guwahati for conducting various programme and documentation. She is also awarded "A" Grade artiste by Central Dance Audition Board, Prashar Bharati, New Delhi in the year 2001. She received some of the prestigious award like "Young Artist" in different cultural field (1997-98) under Department of Culture, Govt. of India, and "Sri Jayadev Rastriya Samaroh" in all Indian Classical Dances and 10th Naveen Kalakar, (National Young Dances Talent Hunt) 2016. Further, she has also presented and published papers in both state and national levels.

Preface

Dance is cultural an encapsulated expression of history and a society. The different body movements and curves in dance are the manifestations of each cultural world view-their social values, economics, environment and -n-all represented in their dance patterns. It is also an artistic experience that can add tangible values and enrich lives. Dance and culture help a person to understand and appreciate their heritage, giving them a new perspective and a more confident way of approaching the world. Dance is a form of art, a language and an evolving cultural expression. Dances have been evolved in different cultures throughout history. It is a form of artistic expression and we can find it in all aspects of culture. Every gesture and move has its own history and cultural derivation. The styles and techniques are firmly laid upon the cultures in which they develop and they change over time in correspondence with their changing society.

The function of dance in Manipuri culture is the focus of the essays. In the book, the contributors interpret how Manipuri culture expresses itself through dance, approaching the materials from the varying perspectives of literary, cultural, dance, performance, etc. This anthology looks at many modes of dance. It explores the history of dance and emphasizes important trends in contemporary theatrical and social performance.

This book is a humble attempt to highlight the different aspects of Manipuri dance and its classical tradition which is the heritage of the Manipuris. The book itself focuses on the traditions, culture, rituals and classical dance of Manipur. It also comprises of the images of Vaishnavism, Lai Haraoba, Goura leela, Thang-ta, etc. It is believed that it will help people from all walks of life to understand the importance of dance and culture and its interrelationship

Foreword

This book is the mapping of Manipuri Culture, showing the root of Manipuri culture, the total interpretation of Meitei/Meetei community. The book shows the totality of internal and external structure of a Meitei/Meetei. The book re-interprets Laiharaoba, Manipuri Raas Leela, Nata-Sanskritan.

The sixteen articles represents body, mind and culture of Meitei/Meetei and in addition, the book tries to answer the question of identity 'who am IT Blood though it is mixed, face and language are deep in heart with Laiharaoba which is the foundation of Goura Leela and Raas Leela. It is a meeting of many things on the journey/sojourn of life of a man. From the early days, the sixth month or earlier a baby started responding the word Tadhing. It is a foundation of dance, foundation of martial arts, showing the flexibility of hand, it is a test of brain; in one way, one can say that it is a whether the kid is responding the word or not. This is a proof of our blood.

From the sixteen articles it can be interpreted that there was a civilization, there was an independent kingdom, for its protection, it has worriers and martial arts; since there was civilization, there were various forms of developed performing arts, able composers who synthesis and produced many forms. Aesthetic of Raas Leela can be interpreted as a journey of Atma to Paramatma. This journey is shown by graceful subtle movement of the body in Manipuri styles; that is portrait by the devotee gopies surrendering themselves to the Lord Krishna. This is the beauty; this is the aesthetic of Rass Leela.

On the other hand, Laiharaoba, in a holistic view can be examined as a complex composite practice in a ritual space under certain specific rules and regulations with indigenous dance form/body movement having its own interpretation. This can also be claimed as a classical dance.

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