North east India, one of the most beautiful region of India, also known as the “Seven Sisters”. It includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura states. North east is connected to the rest of the country by a narrow stretch of land between Bhutan and Bangladesh, and surrounded by extremely sensitive frontier with Chinese-occupied Tibet and a 1600 km long border with Myanmar.
It is a land of undulating hills and plains with luxuriant green cover and a wide variety or rare and exotic flora and fauna. Each of this state is more beautiful than the other, each with its own cultural and beliefs, each having its own charm. Because of the regions inaccessibility from the rest of world, it has been lucky enough to maintain most of its natural diversity and have been untouched from the modernization.
Every year thousand of children from these states travel to all over the country for higher education and Delhi university in the capital state of the country is one of the favorite spot for it. And these institute also make sure that they help them settle. One one North east multi cultural show is also one of those effort to help students show case their talent and cultural diversity. Mask Dance from Meghalaya, Pung Cholom & Basanta Ras Leela from Manipur, Satriya nritya from Assam, Naga Dance from Nagaland and Bamboo Dance from Mizoram was part of the show.
Mask Dance (Meghalaya), are the part of religious and cultural traditions.The main purpose of this dance is to propitiate the deity, kill the evil king and protect the people from the wrath of natural calamities, diseases and epidemics and ensure health, happiness and prosperity for the people of the area.
Pung Cholom (Manipur), It’s the soul of Manipuri Sankirtana music and Classical dance. In this style, the dancers play the pung (a form of hand beaten drum) while they dance and they need to be graceful and acrobatic at the same time.They use these acrobatic efforts without breaking the rhythm or flow of music.
Basanta Ras Leela (Manipur), is a team performance, with its own unique costumes, aesthetics, conventions and repertoire. The Manipuri dance drama is, for most part, marked by a performance that is graceful, fluid, sinuous with greater emphasis on hand and upper body gestures.
In this dance Rasa Leela is depicted within Manipuri classical way. The dance is performed holding dandi (sticks) and is often accompanied with folk songs and devotional music. The women characters are dressed like a Manipuri bride, in Potloi costumes, of which the most notable is the Kumil. A Kumil is an elaborately decorated barrel shaped long skirt stiffened at the bottom and close to the top.
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