Nupa Folk Dance of Manipur
Nupa Pala (Kartal Cholom or Cymbal Dance) is a ramification of the Manipuri style of dance andmusic. It is normally performed by male performers using cymbals and wearing white Pheijom (Dhoti) and sphericalTurbans, who sing and dance to the rhythm of Pung (Mridanga). Another important characteristic of Manipuri danceis the Khamba Thoibi dance which is a duet performance of male and female dancers. Khamba Thoibi dance alongwith the Maibi Dance (Priestess dance), Leima Jagoi etc. from the "Laiharaoba" dance.
Love of art and beauty is inherent in the people and it is difficult to find a Manipuri girl who cannot sing or dance.Generally Manipuris are artistic and creative by nature. This has found expression in their handloom and handicraftproducts. The Manipuri handloom and handicraft are world famous for its beautiful designs, ingenuity, colorfulnessand usefulness.
Each ethnic group has their own distinct culture and tradition in their dance, music, dress, customary practices andpastimes. The folk dance of the ethnic tribes captivates the beholders with their exotic costumes and simple butgraceful rhythm.