Manipuri Art of Dance – Tourism Info

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Manipuri Art of Dance

The art of dancing is the richest branch of Manipuri culture. The Manipuri synonym of dance is ‘Jagoi.’ The original model of Manipuri dance is ‘Lai Haraoba’ dance. Lai means god and haraoba means joy. That means dancing is performed to please god.  In the present Lai Haraoba dance has four classifications. These are: Kongloi Haraoba, Moirang Haraoba, Chakpa Haraoba and Kokching Haraoba. Subsequently the ‘Lai Haraoba’ was changed and refined into ‘Dhrupodi dance.’  After the expansion of culture relating to Vishnu, this dance is seen to have been influenced by ‘Bhangi pareng’, which is one of the major elements of Ras dance.

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