- Gaur Padas - This is a kind of devotional music of Manipur which is sung to upheld the greatness of Chitanya Mahaprabhu.
- Manohar Sai- Named after Manor Sai, this music of Manipur is sung along with the music of Ramkartal.
- Lai Haraoba ishei- Full of erotic mysticism, this music of Manipur is based on dual meanings where there real meaning is camouflaged by innocent words.
- Khullong ishei- This music of Manipur is sung mostly by the Meities while they are working in the fields.
- Nat- This is a classical form of music in Manipur and is usually sung during ceremonies.
- Pena ishei- The Pena ishei is a kind of song that is sung is accompanied with the instrument Pena
Pena Music 2013
- The Khamba Thoibi dance of Manipur is a duet of a male and a female which is dedicated to the sylvan deity.
- Maibi Dance is a way of recreating life as in the past.
- Nupa Pala is usually performed by a group of men with cymbals.
- Ras Lila depicts the love affair of Lord Krishna and Radha.
- Pung Cholom is a classical form of dance of Manipur.
- Manipur has given birth to an indigenous form of classical dance known as manipuri.
Khamba Thoibi - Part 1
- The Cheiraoba festival commences in April and is celebrated in a traditional way. This sacred festival is celebrated as the new year of the Manipur state with much grandeur.(Summer or pre-monsoon)
- The Gang-Ngai festival is initiated with an Omen taking ceremony. It falls in the month of December or January.(Winter)
- The Kut festival is a festival of the crop.It is celebrated on the 1st of November.(Post-monsoon)
- The Kang is also a major festival in Manipur and is observed by the Hindus.Takes place in the temple of Govindjee.
- Yaoshang festival is celebrated on the full moon day of February or March and is considered as the major festival of the state.(winter)
Cultural reflection: Manipuri festival celebrates full moon
While talking of Manipuri recipes, mention of some delicacies is an absolute must. These recipes are loved by all the people in Manipur. These are:
- Kabok - a traditional recipe of Manipur, in which, rice is fried with all kinds of vegetables into it
- Carrot Khabi and Channa Kanghou - a delicious dish prepared with carrot and channa
- Iromba - a miscellaneous mixture of fish, bamboo shoots and vegetables that is fermented and served
- Yongchaak Singju - a favorite with all the Manipuris
- Morok Atekpa Metpa - another traditional recipe that is an innovation of the Manipuri people
- Aloo and Mangan Kanghou - a favorite Manipuri recipe with potato
- Peanut Brinjal Fry - a culinary in which brinjal is fried with nutritious peanuts
DIFFERENCES OF THE MANIPUR CULTURE WITH REST OF INDIA....
- Unlike other Indian dance forms,in manipuri, hand movements are used decoratively and both men and women perform communally.
- Baseball is played in Manipur,something which is unusual in the other states
- Manipuris typically raise vegetables in a kitchen garden and rear fish in small ponds around their house.
- In Manipur,hardly a month passes without festivals.
- Manipur became independant before the rest of India
- The Manipuri language is popularly known as Meiteilon.
SIMILARITIES OF THE MANIPUR CULTURE WITH REST OF INDIA
- Like the rest of India,Manipur cuisine mainly consisted of meat and fishes.
- Manipur uses the kartal, harmonium, flute and esraj which are common Indian musical instruments.
- Like all women,manipuri women also liked to dress beautifully with colorful clothes and flowers.
- They celebrate all the other common festivals like christmas, holi, eid etc.
- Like all the indian forms of dances,manipur form of dance is also colourful.