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A RICH HERITAGE OF ARTS & CULTURE

Manipur has been identifying itself to the world through its rich art and culture. Manipur presents a mosaic of traditions and culture patterns. Manipuri classical dance is world famous and it is very distinct from other Indian dance forms. The Ras Lila, the epitome of Manipur classical dance is based on the spiritual and eternal love of Radha and Krishna, the full incarnation of God. This dance enacts their sublime and transcendental love and the selfless devotion of the milkmaids of Vrindavan to the Lord. It is performed in the Mandap in front of the temple throughout the night and witnessed with great devotion. Ras performances are mainly of four types-Vasanta Ras, Kunja Ras, Maha Ras and Nata/Nitya Ras. At the temple of Shri Shri Govinda, Vasanta Ras is performed on the full-moon night of Hiyangei (November). After they are performed at the temple of Shri Shri Govinda, they are performed at any time of the year. Maha Ras is based on Tenth Book of the Bhagavata and Vasanta Ras on Geet Govinda of Jayadeva. A fifth type called Diva Ras is occasionally met with Ras Lila is a combination of solo, duet and grace. The richness of costumes gives luster to the beauty of the art.

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