Updated 2 Jun 2022, 6:35 pm
The All Zeliangrong Arts and Cultural Organisation (AZACO) on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction over the distorted presentation of Kabui indigenous dance performed during the Umang Lai Haraoba festival celebrated vastly in the valley areas of Manipur.
It has been observed that the most of the costumes and songs used while performing Kabui dance in the Lai Haraoba festival are bewildered as the performers wore mix attires of various communities, said general secretary of AZACO Golmei Irabot Kabui while speaking to the media in Imphal.
He said that such distortion of the Kabui dance by using wrong songs and bewildered costumes hurts the sentiments of the Kabui community.
There are various Kabui dance forms and all the dance forms have a specific song, he said, adding that breaking the code of the song and the dance seems to be inappropriate.
Stating that performing the Kabui dance using the genuine dress code and song will be more beautiful, he appealed to the concerned dance teachers and costume designers to stop breaking the dress and song code of the Kabui dance.
A person's community is represented by the traditional costumes and culture, he said adding, “Let’s stop casting one’s traditional costumes and dance wrongly”.
Art and culture secretary of Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts and Cultural Society (KIMACS) L Sanjit said that show casting one’s traditional costumes wrongly will misguide the whole public and also hurt the sentiments of the particular community.
Pointing out that there are many individuals who are taking up dance class by just only knowing the basic steps for the sake of money, he said, “Learn the full details of the dance before taking up any sorts of dance class.”
Concerning the trends of serving alcohol to the audience while performing a cultural show in hotels and other places, the secretary cautioned of taking up action against the organiser if KIMACS witnesses such practice.
He also apprised the artists to complain to the KIMACS office, if any alcohol are served to the audience while performing cultural shows.
First published:2 Jun 2022, 5:20 pm
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