Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ima keithel-Imphal

Ima(Mother) keithel(market)or Nupi(Women)keithel is one of the largest women market of the world which is only managed by women.Seeing the Market,one cant ignored that Manipuri women have high entrepreneurship skills and 80% of women are employed and is one of the highest in India. Around 3000 stalls are being managed by women.No doubt the sales and marketing skills of all the women in the market are very fascinated and try to sell the products as fast as possible by making the consumers happy at the end of the day deriving a win-win situation on both the sides.
Ima market is also a high tourist spot which is situated in the heart of the Imphal Valley attracting many of people who comes to visit Imphal.

My Old Fren......

Whenever I visit Dilli haat,I always stopped by at this corner just to listen to the melodious music played by my old fren with his musical instrument,he plays different tunes,sounds of music ranging from sad,melancholy to very romantic songs at times.His face reacts to the music he plays,he closes his eyes deeply whenever he plays very emotional and sad ones ,his face becomes lighter whenever he plays a light music.He is always being crowded with kids because every kids wants to own the instrument he sells or otherwise he is always playing with his instrument entertaining all the visitors,and it seems nobody wants to disturb his rythym and concentration,but i just ask before taking this snap"Please smile",he nodded and gave a quick smile for my camera.His smile warms the cold wintry evening.Thanks so much..... I wish you all the happiness...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Manipuri Dance

After so many years I got to see Manipuri dance when i went for my nephew's foundation day of his school in Manipur.I felt so lucky to be a part of that function because it is a rare sight for me to catch the Manipuri performances after coming out of Manipur.And with so much of hectic schedule I cant attend Manipuri dance when it is perfomed in many auditoriums in Delhi.Manipuri dance is one of the 6 classical dance of India.It is purely religious and more of spritual connection.The dance depicts more of the religious activities and the daily activities of people staying in the state.It is considered to be softest,mildest and mostly it involves lots of hands and body movements but one of the most graceful and lyrical dances of the world.It is basically performed in Temples and religious functions.

It has different dance forms like Ras Leela,Phung Cholom,Khamba-Thoibi,Maibi,Thabal Chongba etc....all these dance forms are all based on themes and involves instruments.Like Ras Leela is dedication to the love of Lord Krishna and his life stories.Phung cholom is based upon the drum known as Pung or Manipuri mridang.And Khamba Thoibi dance is based upon the story of a poor lad Khamba and a princess called Thoibi.

So much to say about manipuri Dance,but it wont be even enough.It is a delight to watch the beautiful dance with so much of rythm and gracefulness.So I say...catch a chance whenever Manipuri dance is going to be performed in your cities.Enjoy!