Manipuri dance course, elementary, I, II, III years

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Manipuri dance course, elementary, I, II, III years
Jhaverī, Darśanā (Dancer)
Jhaveri, Ranjana (Dancer)
Kalāvatī Devī (Dancer)
Devi, Latasana (Dancer)
Singh, Bipin, 1918- (Teacher)
Jhaveri Sisters (Performer)
Manipuri Nartanalaya (Performer)
Kalāvatī Devī (Singer)
Singh, Bipin, 1918- (Choreographer)
Singh, Bipin, 1918- (Singer)
Singh, Bipin, 1918- (Conductor)

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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1972 - 1999 (Approximate)
Table of Contents
Elementary year (ca. 14 min.). Analytical movements: Sthanaka (standing poses) -- Shirshabheda (movements of the head) -- Bahubheda (movements of the arms) -- Karakarana (movements of the fingers) -- Padabheda (positions of the feet) -- Chari (movements of the feet), including Rasantika (on the ground) and Sampluta (while jumping) -- Upavishthabheda (sitting movements) -- Bhramaribheda (spiral movements), demonstrated in lasya (feminine) and tandava (masculine) styles -- Nritta hastakriya (hand gestures used in pure dance) [announced on tape but not listed in accompanying syllabus] -- Nrittabandha (Punglol jagoi) (dances to tala, or time measures, each performed in lasya and tandava styles): Chalimapi -- Tanchepmapi -- Menkupmapi -- Thabal chongba (festival dance performed on the night of a full moon in spring) -- I year (ca. 31 min.). Nrittabandha (each performed in lasya and tandava styles): Chali -- Tanchep -- Menkup -- Prabandhanritta (pure dances to musical compositions): Jhanta -- Katchapikabhi -- Nirtang tirthan -- Dramapa -- Krishna nartan (Krishna's dance before his mother) -- Nritya hastakriya (hand gestures utilized in ras [dance-dramas]): single and double hand gestures, uses of Pataka and Sandansha hand gestures -- II year (ca. 11 min.). Nrittabandha (each performed in lasya and tandava versions): Chali -- Tanchep -- Menkup -- II year, continued (ca. 26 min.). Prabandhanritta [listed on syllabus as Nritta prabandha]: Radha and gopi abhisar (Radha and the gopis, or milkmaids, set out to meet Krishna) -- Krishna abhisar (Krishna goes to meet Radha and the gopis on the night of the full moon) -- Gopnartan (dance of the young Krishna, his brother Balaram, and the cowherds) -- Makok chingbi or Lalita nartan (dance of Lalita, Radha's best friend) -- Maibi jagoi (Laiching jagoi) (a maibi, or priestess, mimes the creation of the earth at the Lai-haraoba festival) -- III year (ca. 25 min.). Nrittabandha: Chali, Tanchep, and Menkup, danced in lasya and tandava versions ; Chautal and Surfak danced in lasya only -- Prabandhanritta: Radha nartan (dance of Radha) -- III year, continued (ca. 46 min.). Prabandhanritta, continued: Krishna nartan of Gopras (Krishna asks his mother's permission to graze the cows in the meadow) -- Balram nartan (dance of Balaram) -- Krishna Balram nartan (dance of Krishna and Balaram) -- Laibou jagoi (traditional dance of a priestess, who uses hand gestures to mime the creation of the body, performed at the Lai-haraoba festival) -- Nupi khubak ishei (clapping dance performed at the Rathayatra festival; the accompanying song describes how the gopis stop Krishna's chariot and beg him not to leave them) -- Mandila nartan (recorded twice, in different costumes) (cymbal dance performed at the Jhulan Yatra festival; the gopis sing and dance as they push the idols of Krishna and Radha on a swing).
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 9000
Shelf locator: *MGZIC 9-4768 (former)
Radha (Hindu deity)
Hindu mythology
Krishna (Hindu deity)
Dance -- India -- Manipur (India)
Dance -- Study and teaching -- India
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: course devised by Guru Bipin Singh.
Content: Title from original container and accompanying outline.
Content: For accompanying syllabus and other materials, in English, see *MGZR Manipuri dance [Clippings].
Performers: Performed by the Jhaveri Sisters: Ranjana Jhaveri, Suverna Jhaveri, and Darshana Jhaveri, with Kalavati Devi, Latasana Devi, Premlata Devi, and Priti Vora of Manipuri Nartanalaya.
Performers: Singers: Guru Bipin Singh, Kalavati Devi, Atoshi Chatterjee, Ibeyaima Devi, and Premlata Nayak.
Performers: Drummer: Biramangal Singh. Conductor: Guru Bipin Singh.
Funding: Preservation of this video was supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Language: Dance terms and titles announced in a combination of Sanskrit, Manipuri, and English.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (156 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Elementary, first, second, and third year syllabus for a training course in Manipuri dance, first created by Guru Bipin Singh in 1958 and revised by him in 1972. The course is based on his in-depth study of oral traditions of dance and music, particularly the dance forms of Sankirtan and Rasleelas, correlated with various Vaishnavite and ancient Indian texts on dance and music. It includes traditional compositions as well as original choreography by Guru Bipin Singh.
Type of Resource
Moving image
Multiple languages
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12486366
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): b0eab1f0-85c8-0135-05ec-63eff17a44e2
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Manipuri dance course