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Manipuri Dance- An Assessment on History and Presentation

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Item Code: HAI971
Author: Sruti Bandopadhay
Publisher: Shubhi Publications, Gurgaon
Language: English
Edition: 2010
ISBN: 9788182902084
Pages: 436 (Throughout B/W and Color Illustrations)
Other Details 11.00 X 8.50 inch
Weight 1.54 kg
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Book Description

The love ordered me from the moment of my birth my parents remembered that I would move any rhythmical home and the joy palpable in my eyes indicated my feelings of affection, adoration and devotion to the eternal movement art. In India the school academics did not incorporate performing art subjects the then time so admission to a very high Standard English medium school in Kolkata, South Paint High School, did not really help me to pursue my interest field as a part of my routine study. I was admitted to Children Little Theatre (CLT), a renowned children's academy of performing art in Kolkata Stalwarts of dance and theatre field were associated with this institution and being nurtured under such personalities was my first wild grounding for presentation on stage. It was here that I came across the words Folk, Classical Kabindrantya etc. the dances I learnt I enjoyed and the names and kinds of dances made no impact at that age. My dance classes included Kathakali taught by Balakrishna Menon, Odini taught by Muralidhar Majhi Manipuri by Kalavati Devi and other regional and folk dances. The other classical dances like Kathak and Bharatanatyam was also on the repertoire and an exposure to these helped me to learn the distinctive features of different dances of India. The children's dance dramas were a great place to learn theatre acting and frequent stage appearances in variety nodes trained me up with proscenium concept and presentation.

As I grew up playing with almost all the dance forms, I started developing a fond inclination towards Manipuri The padavali songs accompanying this dance, the sweetness of the syllables used the intricacies of the rhythmic patterns and above all the subtle nuances of this dance form, where the whole body comes into play with a pose of gestures suited perfectly with my mental settings. I started learning Manipuri seriously under Kalavati Devi, who groomed my body for Manipuri dance from that early age I passed out of school and thus out of CLT My innate wish to take up dance as a subject in undergraduate level could not stand up to my parents expectations So I took admission in Science subjects for college academics with Physics as my honors subject. But my training in Manipuri pursued now under Guru Bipin Singh in Manipuri Nartanalaya, Kolkata I came across the tutelage of the Jhaveri Sisters particularly Darshana Jhaveri whose affectionate teaching of this form has immensely enhanced my understanding of this dance form.

Guru Bipin Singh inspired and encouraged me to explore myself of the possibility to become a front ranking performer of this dance form It was quite a challenge because at no point did I ever dream of becoming a professional dance artist Moreover with a family background that would prefer a run of the mill career option, the idea to diverge myself into performing art occupation did leave me baffled for some time But the untiring practice that I was put into at IMA Bipin Pal Road Le Guruji's residence and the office of Manipuri Nartanalaya, made me not realize how the time passed by and within a few years I found myself performing in almost all the leading festivals in India and abroad Guru Bipin Singh's efforts to establish Manipur Dance as a solo repertoire for the stage gained quite a mileage and I was very fortunate to be one of his primary disciples in this direction of experimentation and innovation.


In India the large geographical differences right from sea shore to snow-capped mountains through the desiccated deserts have immense variety in nature. This is seen as well in the daily lives of people Richness in various rituals diverse customs celebrating the rites of passage has brought the exquisite flavour in Indian Arts, where the unity in diversity expresses the key sentiment of the culture.

Indian Classical Dances are one of the different object d'art of this course. After the struggle for independence, cultural scenario of the country took new dimension. As a result, in the first phase four dance forms received the recognition of classical-Bharatnatyam, Kathakal Kathak and Manipuri.

Manipuri Dance from the farthest North East State of India records highly dignified approach to the art of movement not only as an aesthetic form but also as a part of daily pattern and regular routine of the society Manipuri dance is the only dance form in India which still unites with the Rites of Passage in Manipuri society as also is highly acclaimed by the art connoisseurs for its performance on stage as a dance art. Its dazzling costumes, beautiful bols that resound from percussion, the distinguishing vocal rendition and above all the technique, gestures and figures portray the sequences and scenes described in the Indian holy books like Snimadbhagavata, Jaidev's Gita Govinda Govindalilamritam and other Vaishnava texts. A number of revered masters (guru) have devoted their lives for the development and dissemination of the beautiful dance form for last two centuries.

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