MANIPUR CULTURE

SONGS,DANCES,FESTIVALS,FOOD PREPARATION

SONGS

  • 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

DANCES

  • 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

FESTIVALS

  • 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

FOOD PREPARATION

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.