Shakuhachi meets Pena (2016)


Shakuhachi Meets Pena (2016)

A maiden collaboration of Japanese and Manipuri Traditional Music, Conceived and Composed by Motonaga Hiromu and Mangangsana. These pieces began to develop its course based on the similarities of the folk and traditional music of Japan and Manipur.

a. Komoriuta and Chakanpatla

Komoriuta means lullaby in Japanese language. In ancient period, girls were sent to work as a baby-sitter, away from their parents. They had a strong wish for home town and their families. The tune is not only about soothing babies, but it also contains melancholy and sadness.Chakanpatla is a folk song of Kabui community of Manipur. It's a song of Spring.

b. Tamuke and Tengthaba

Tamuke Honkyoku piece representing offering flower on graves, a tribute to dead peoples. The Shakuhachi expresses birth of life through the end of life. Tengthaba is one of the oldest folk song of Manipur. It is a lamentation of a mother sung in times of sorrow and death.

c. Kokiriko, Odori and Anoirol, Ougri

Kokiriko is one of the oldest folk song of Toyama prefecture Japan. Odori means dance. During festival, people travel from far flung to dance with folk songs. Anoirol is one of the oldest songs from ancient Lai Haraoba Ritual festival of Manipur. It depicts about the concept of creation. Ougri is a myth or a belief expressed by the Meitei communities of Manipur to bring a balance between two opposite forces on Earth. These believe is expressed through songs and dance and it is still practice till today in festival like Thabal Chonbgba.

Duration : 30 mins

Motonoga Hiromu, Mayanglambam Mangangsana, Mangka Mayanglambam, Chaoba Thiyam, Elangbam Jayenta, Potshangbam Priyobrata


  • Sound design: Priyobrata Potshangbam
  • Light design: Phurailatpam Kamalkanta
  • Costume and Makeup (for Manipuri artistes): M. Rebika and Mantri Meitei
  • Production Manager: Salam Jayenta
  • Produced by: The Japan Foundation, New Delhi and Laihui Ensemble, Manipur and Art Heals Trust, Manipur