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'Celestial Dancers of Manipur' to be screened on June 25

Announcing an online talk and screening of the film at 6 pm, June 25, film-maker Benoy said Manipuri dances are a unique and joyous form of worship.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 21 Jun 2022, 4:16 pm

Manipuri dance Ras Lila (PHOTO by Benoy K Behl)
Manipuri dance Ras Lila (PHOTO by Benoy K Behl)

Celestial Dancers of Manipur will be screened on June 25, as a part of 'Glimpses of Culture' by art historian, film-maker and photographer Benoy K Behl virtually at India Habitat Centre.

Announcing an online talk and screening of the film at 6 pm, June 25, film-maker Benoy said Manipuri dances are a unique and joyous form of worship, where the entire community comes together to express their devotion through dance.

“These dances are not performances but are an essential and integral part of spiritual practice,” he said.

The film by Benoy - Celestial Dancers of Manipur - is produced by Doordarshan. 

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The film-maker explains that in the Indian philosophy, it has always been believed that the aesthetic experience, when one is transported and loses oneself in the beauty of nature or of art, is an experience akin to Brahmananda itself.

“It is in this moment that the ego, the preoccupation with the self, appears to fade away, and we truly feel that we are a part of the divinity of existence. It is in this manner that the Manipuri worshipper wishes to lose himself entirely through a complete absorption in his dance.

“The purpose of the philosophic path is for us to be able to see the truth beyond. To lose our egos and our concerns in the material world: to rise up in awareness, to see the beauty of all that there is around us, to see that all is divine and therefore divinely beautiful…to lose ourselves in adoration of that beauty… One of the greatest embodiments of this exquisite philosophical quest is the Raasa Lila of Manipur,” Benoy added. (Link to join: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82252466099?pwd=ektUYkE3M1JtNVNLSXljMUozMmlYQT09)

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First published:21 Jun 2022, 1:56 pm

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