Manipuri. Performed still in temples and religious occasions, inextricably woven into the lives of the people of Manipur, Manipuri Dancethis dance form is a very much living tradition. A genuine Manipuri dance performance offers a glimpse of a rare and ancient civilization still extant. This style is multifaceted, ranging from the softest feminine to the obviously vigorous masculine. Dignified grace is to be found in every aspect and the range it offers in technique, rhythmics and tempo makes a Manipuri recital an absorbing and exhilarating experience. Manipuri dance is a generic name and covers all the dance forms of this land. According to legend, Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati danced in the valleys of Manipuri to the accompaniment of the Ghandharvas to the celestial light of Mani (jewel) from the head of the Atishesha, a serpant and that is how it has come to be called Manipuri.
Nupa Pala (Kartal Cholom or Cymbal Dance) is a ramification of the Manipuri style of dance andmusic.
Pung Cholom is also known as Mrindanga Kirtan or Dhumal or Dram dance. This dance is performed with a drum, Mrindanga.
Khamba Thoibi dance is a duet of male and female partners, a dance of dedication tothe sylvan deity,
One of the instruments that dominate Manipuri dances is the drum. Dhol Cholom, a drum dance is one of the dances performed during Holi in Manipur.
The Rasa Leela is the famous dance of Manipuri culture invoking deep feelings of people. The dance illustrates an eternal love of Radha and Krishna as been described in the Hindu scriptures & puranas.