(Last Updated on : 18/11/2014)
The colourful and vibrant land of North East India is the possessor of diverse culture with a variety and homogeneity. A mosaic of cultures, customs and art blend harmoniously with each other in the land and keeping their own identity intact. North east India called the seven sisters comprise of Assam
, Arunachal Pradesh
. Everyone in the state take delight in the dances of the region. Furthermore, the various aboriginal tribes that exist in the region portray the sense of fun and zest in their life through their dances. The rich natural beauty and serenity accompanied with the multihued Northeast Indian Dances make the states magnificent.
North east is the land of a large tribal population. Dances become an essential part in the life of the tribal people and the natives of north east. The people dance marking significant rituals and festivals. They also dance for recreation. Most of the dances are accompanied by songs sung generally in chorus. The dances of the tribes are mostly group dances where both men and women take part. Northeast Indian Dances are thus a display of variety and affluent cultural heritage. In Arunachal Pradesh, tribal performers perform in groups and present dance dramas based on stories of Lord Buddha
. The dancers wear masks of demons or animals described in the tales of Buddha and splendid costumes. Other popular folk dances of Arunachal Pradesh are Aji Lamu, Rekham Pada, Lion and peacock dance. The Zemis, Zeliangs and other tribes found in the regions of Nagaland, offer series of exquisite dances.
Among the well-accepted Northeast Indian Dances, Classical dances of the region also have gained popularity. The Manipuri dance
of Manipur is a renowned Indian Classical Dance
finds mention in the Natya Shastra
written by Bharat Muni
. This dance form has a long history. It is the form of dance that is closely associated with the worship of Vishnu
The fascinating dance Ras Lila is created to grace Lord Krishna
. North east India presents another classical dance form, Sattriya dance which was introduced by Srimanta Shankar Dev of the Vaishnavite sect to propagate their religion. Sattriya Indian Classical dance
also finds importance as a classical dance form in the Natya Shastra. Sattriya represents the culture and tradition of the entire region of Assam. Besides, classical dances, north east India offers the world enthralling variety of folk dances.
Northeast Indian Dances include enchanting folk dances of the region. Most of the folk dances of the region are harvest dances. They are performed in order to celebrate the ripening of paddy, harvesting and cutting of crops. The harvesting seasons are marked by the energetic and vivacious dances and songs. Such folk dances of the region include Bihu
of Assam, Khamba Lim of Nagaland, Hajgiri of Tripura as well as Nongkrem of Meghalaya
. In the dance performances, all the young men and girls gather and dance together. Among the colourful dances of the north east Thang-ta dance 'the Art of the Sword and Spear', of Manipur attract much attention. These dances have evolved from the traditional martial art of Manipur. The dance is exciting and is performed by young men holding swords and shields. Dhol Cholom is a Manipuri dances that is dominated by drum. Sikkim also lies in the north eastern part of the country and influence the North Eastern Dances. They present monastic style of dancing and are different than those of Indian traditions.