Tuesday 8 January 2013

Interview - Dr. Sohini Ray: Manipuri dance is an integral part of life - Vijay Shanker

California based anthropologist, scholar and Manipuri exponent Dr. Sohini Ray is currently presenting her multi-media production ‘Bhaktirasgi Maangal Khonjel’ described as sounds and lights of devotion pertaining to the Manipuri dances, in various cities of India. This presentation successfully explores as to how Manipuri dance forms an integral part of life in Manipur, wherein every occasion either social or religious is considered incomplete without Manipuri dance. Having received a grant from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Sohini travelled to various places in Manipur and conducted research on the significance of Manipuri dance as a performing art and its transition from temples to the auditorium. While this production is considered one of the best collections of Manipuri dance, it was also the final nominee for the 2010 Margaret Mead Award given by the Society of Applied Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association for successfully establishing dance as an application of anthropology. Dr. Sohini Ray reveals as to how she was fascinated by Manipuri dance at a tender age, her association with her mentors Guru Bipin Singh and the Jhaveri sisters, the inter-relationship between dance and anthropology and her journey as an exponent and much more.

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1 comment:

  1. Lai Haraoba is not based on Vaishnavism. Ras Lila is based on Radha Krishna, but adapted from Lai Haraoba dance form, the ancient Meitei dance tradition.

    Many Indians dancer try to link Lai Haraoba to Siva or some other Hindu mythology to please Indian audience. But, Lai Haraoba and Ras Lila are two different forms.