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Indigenous Games of Manipur

Manipur is providing impetus to development of adventure sports in the region. The Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association, Manipur Adventure ad Allied Sports Institute and The Adventure Academy of Manipur offers courses and assistance in white water rafting and trekking. raft wars

The hills of Manipur echo and reflect a different sound and sight. Its inhabitants can easily pass off as localities of Hong Kong or Bangkok but ironically invite a second look of curiosity in our national metros. Its own art forms and cultural expressions and ramifications distinctly showcase Manipur to the world.

Manipur -the jewel land, shares its borders with Nagaland, Assam, Mizoram and Myanmar. Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru bestowed upon Manipur the sobriquet “Land of Jewel”. It indeed is a sparkling jewel, the glitter of which is refused to be dimmed by tempestuous tests by fire. Indian Viceroy, Lord Irwin even called the state as “Switzerland of India”. Manipur is home to a host of different fauna and flora species which are hard to find elsewhere.

Rasa Lila is the Manipuri classical dance form based on the legendary love of Lord Krishna and Radha and the devotion of Gopis to the Lord. The richness of the costume gives luster to the beauty of the art.

Sagol Kangjei (Manipuri Polo) has been adapted and adopted by the International enthusiasts of the game as Polo and it is now played everywhere in the world. The world has accepted that the game of polo originated from Manipur.

The state’s claim to fame include its historic role during the Second World War, the hoisting of the flag of the Indian National Army at Moirang in 1944 by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, classical dance “Rasa Leela”, indigenous games and martial arts and Sangai (the brow antlered deer) and Siroy lily.

Nupa Pala (kartal cholom or Cymbal dance) is outcome of the Manipuri style of dance and music. It is normally performed by male artists using cymbals and wearing white pheijom (dhoti) and spherical turbans. They sing and dance to the rhythm of Pung (Mridunga).