Manipuri classical dance is superior to other Indian classical dances, arts and culture director L Kishworjit said while stating that classical dance of Manipur shows the ritual meaning of god, director of arts and culture.
Speaking at the golden jubilee of Harimati Dance and Music Centre held at its centre in Porompat, Imphal East on Friday, director of arts and culture hailed Harimati for taking various initiatives for promoting traditional dance, thang-ta and others. He also appreciated the initiatives taken by the Harimati institution for the promotion of Manipuri arts and culture for decades.
He said there is a huge difference between the classical dances outside the state and the classical dance that is being demonstrated in the state. The classical dances of outside the state are similar with entertainment but the classical dance of Manipur shows the ritual meaning of God, he added.
After witnessing the initiatives of Haramati dance and music centre on promotion and preservation of Manipuri arts and culture, necessary assistance will be provided to the centre, said Kishworjit.
President of the centre, Naorem Maishyam Singh, said since the establishment of the centre, many artistes in various art forms have been produced. The artiste of the centre had already demonstrated ‘Raas Leela’ and Ballet dance in connection with the Manipuri arts and culture, he added.
Delivering the keynote address of the function, secretary of the centre, Naorem Harimati Devi, said since its establishment in 1972, the centre has demonstrated many dramas including Ballet in promotion of the Manipuri arts and culture.
In connection with the golden jubilee celebration, “Maharani Leela” was demonstrated by the artists of the centre.
As a part of the function, a souvenir “Custom of Manipuri Dance Volume Number 1” was released by the chief guest, director arts and culture, L Kishworjit.