Dance forms of India
kings of Manipur encouraged the martial arts, because
of which evolved a variety of combat exercises, which
later lent themselves to dancing. One of the most thrilling
of the dances is the Thang-ta, performed by young men
with sword and shield.
The drum, by itself, enjoys a privilege in the dances
of Manipur. There are several kinds of drums, each intended
for a particular occasion. The festival of Holi, in
spring, is the real time for drum dances, such as Dhol
Besides the ritual and harvest dances, there are the
simple recreational dances which capture movements of
animals and birds and everyday functions.
The tribes of Arunachal Pradesh nourish dances, dance
dramas, pantomimes and operas based on Buddhist stories
and legends. There are organised parties of performers,
as well as facilities for training. The dancers themselves
make the masks, representing demons and animals connected
with Buddhist lore, and the gorgeous costumes. Performances
take place mostly in monasteries during festivals.
The dances of Sikkim have little relationship with Indian
traditions except in the cases of mask dances which
have the same format as the Buddhist dances still practised.
The women here have their independent folk dances but
the men by and large are attracted only to the monastic