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TREAT: Artistes from Manipur presenting a dance performance in Mysore. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
TREAT: Artistes from Manipur presenting a dance performance in Mysore. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Staff Correspondent

Bihu, Manipuri dance and martial arts captivate audience in Mysore

MYSORE: The two-day festival of North-Eastern Cultures organised at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) exposed art lovers to the rich culture of the North-eastern States.

Artistes from Assam and Manipur enthralled the art enthusiasts here with their performances. Besides dance performances, the popular martial art of Manipur, Thang-Ta, was showcased to the public, during the two-day festival at Wellington House.

According to IGRMS, troupes from those states had earlier performed in Mysore.

The audience was overjoyed to see Bihu dance by young women from Assam. It is Assam's national folk dance. All three types of Bihu - Magh, Kati and Bohag Bihu - were presented at the festival, with the accompaniment of music of dhol, pepa, taka, gagana and tal.

Pung Cholom, an art form from Manipur, was performed to Sankirthana music by the drummers in spotless white costumes. This dance is popular because of acrobatic movements executed with great artistry and precision. The talas numbering more than 40 are highly complicated and classical in rhythm. This drew appreciation from the viewers.

Basanta Ras, which is one of the five traditional Manipuri Ras Leela, based on the Bhagavatha tradition of the Sringara Radhika as conceived by the great masters of Manipur, was performed by a group of Manipuri artistes in traditional costumes.

The popular folk dance of Golpariya region of Assam - Golpariya - is a dance in which boys describe the beauty of girls and both of them dance according to sur, taal and lai of the song, written by noted singer Pratima Pendy Barauh.

Even the dance of Nepali community was presented at the festival though there were no artistes from the Himalayan kingdom. Described as "Nepali", this creative dance of the community has now become a part of Assamese culture, thanks to the migration of Nepali community to the "Land of Tea", IGRMS authorities say.

Thang-Ta, the martial art of Manipur, has a long tradition, they say. The agility of the performers makes for one spectacular performance.

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