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Manipuri, Chao Folk Arts Of Manipur and Folk Arts Of Punjab
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50 min
Dances of India - Disc 5
Manipuri, Chao Folk Arts Of Manipur and Folk Arts Of Punjab

The dances of Manipur were influenced by the religious movement of Vaishnavism, the worship of Lord Vishnu. The classical dance of Manipuri prescribes that the dancers wear vells, along with cylindrical mirrored was popularized by three dancers the Jhaveri Sisters. One of them, Darshana Jhaveri, explains the intricate movements of the Manipuri style of dancing and performs an Ashtapati. Somana Kunitha, Marammana Kunitha and Kasale.

This is followed by pontha jagoi a dance competition between Krishna and Radha in Manipuri performed by Darshana Jhaveri and her senior disciple Latasana Devi. The next item is presented by the all male ensemble of Manipur performing Sankirtana with symbols and dholak. The male dancers also performs a vigorous, rhythmic Pung Cholam with the Dholak in hand.

Chau, a stylized masked dance form of Orissa, combines folk, tribal and martial traditions. Three styles of Chau exist in the three different regions of Bihar, West Bengal and Orissa, Seraikella Chau, Purulia Chau, and Mayurbhanj Chau respectively. Each character has a special mask unique to that character only.
This episode features extracts of five different Chau items. From Eastern India, we move westwards to the Golden temple of Amritsar, the famous Sikh temple in Punjab . The men of Punjab perform Bhangda, full of masculine vitality, to celebrate the sowing of the wheat crop. Pairs of dancers take turns to execute complex acrobatic movements. From the vigorous Bhangda performed by men-folk of Punjab we have the women-folk of Punjab performing a graceful, gentle Giddha. This number is performed to celebrate a wedding and is characterized by its spontaneous energy.

This DVD is part of the Dances of India DVD pack
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