Songs & Shaman Dances of Manipur (2007)

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The program will begin with Chukpharol-Anoirol (the Creation of the World and Existence), the shaman dance ritual which opens the annual month-long Lai Haraoba festival. This will be followed by Loi Okpa (Princess Thoibi’s Return from Exile), which tells the story of Thoibi, the Princess of Moirang, who is accosted by her undesired suitor when she journeys back from exile in Burma to reunite with her true love. Lai Nupi Thiba (The Love-Seeking of the Gods) features two stories from Manipuri mythology expressed through song and dance: “The Bride of Khori Phaba,” which tells of the divine polo-player’s hunt for his bride, and “Panthoibi’s Search for her Lover.” The program ends with Thang Katpa (Closing Ritual of the Four Corners) in which the shaman appeases the spirits that she has brought into play during the Lai Haraoba festival.

Composed by M. Mangangsana

Performers : 10

Duration:1hr 50 min