Video | Film series on Spectacular India: “The people of Manipur believe that they are the descendants of celestial musicians” – Seven Sister States

Celestial Dancers of Manipur

Perhaps the finest surviving example of traditions of ‘Bhakti’ in India, is the ‘Raasa Lila’ of Manipur.

Source: ‘Spectacular India’ series film no 10 (Excerpts) – YouTube
Address: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOS3A5xbQj4
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Art historian and film-maker Benoy K. Behl has completed shooting and documentation of the culture of the six North-Eastern States and West Bengal for his series on Doordarshan titled “Spectacular India”. […]

In fact, the people of Manipur believe that they are the descendants of gandharvas, celestial musicians, and they have always sought communion with the divine through music and dance,” says Mr. Behl. […]

The 52 film series also showcases the tribal dances of the North-East states. | To read the full interview with art historian and film-maker Benoy K. Behl, click here >>

Source: Exquisite traditions of the Seven Sisters by Madhur Tankha, The Hindu, January 1, 2011
Address: https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/exquisite-traditions-of-the-seven-sisters/article1022221.ece
Date Visited:14 February 2021

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