Dances of Manipur

dances performed in Manipur, India

The term "Dances of Manipur" covers the different aspects of the varying dance forms originated from the kingdom of Manipur. Many times the very term is often misunderstood and confused with the term Manipuri dance. In fact, Manipuri dance is a particular dance form while "Dances of Manipur" refer to any dance forms associated with Manipur. Jagoi, originally spelled as Chatkoi, is any traditional form of dancing in Manipuri culture, especially performed by the devotees to please the deities.

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Here is a list of the "Chatkoi"s ("Jagoi"s) :


Chukpharon JagoiEdit

The Chukpharon Jagoi (Meitei: ꯆꯨꯛꯐꯥꯔꯣꯟ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯆꯨꯛꯐꯥꯂꯣꯟ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is a traditional Jagoi (Chatkoi) performed by the Maibis to please the four Maikei Ngaakpa Lais (guardian deities of directions) in the Lai Haraoba festival.[1]


Khamba Thoibi JagoiEdit

  The Khamba Thoibi Jagoi (Meitei: ꯈꯝꯕ ꯊꯣꯢꯕꯤ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯈꯝꯄ ꯊꯣꯢꯄꯤ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is one of the most popular folk dance forms of the Indian subcontinent. It is a devotional dance believed to be first performed by Khuman Khamba and Moirang Thoibi in the premise of the historic Ebudhou Thangjing Temple in Ancient Moirang, a province in Ancient Manipur.


Laiching JagoiEdit

The Laiching Jagoi (Meitei: ꯂꯥꯢꯆꯤꯡ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯂꯥꯢꯆꯤꯡ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is a traditional Jagoi performed by the Maibis to summon the deities by holding a "Langthrei leaf" (Blumea balsamifera) in the Lai Haraoba festival.[2]

Laihou JagoiEdit

The Laihou Jagoi (Meitei: ꯂꯥꯢꯍꯧ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯂꯥꯢꯍꯧ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is a traditional opening or inviting Jagoi (dance form) performed by the Maibis, by proceeding towards a pond or a river, in the Lai Haraoba festival.[3]

Leima JagoiEdit

The Leima Jagoi (Meitei: ꯂꯩꯃ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯂꯩꯃ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ, romanized: lei-ma chat-koi, lit.'dance of the goddess') is a traditional Jagoi, performed by the maidens. It is best known for its graceful gestures and glittering costumes.[4]

Leisem JagoiEdit

The Leisem Jagoi (Meitei: ꯂꯩꯁꯦꯝ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯂꯩꯁꯦꯝ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is a traditional Meitei Jagoi performed by the Maibis in the Lai Haraoba festival. It depicts the creation of the earth in the Meitei mythology and religion.[5]


Maibi JagoiEdit

The Maibi Jagoi (Meitei: ꯃꯥꯢꯕꯤ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯃꯥꯢꯄꯤ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is one of the most graceful folk dance forms of the Indian subcontinent. It is a dance performed by the Maibis in the Lai Haraoba festival. The dance form varies depending on the themes as well as regional variation.[6]


Panthoibi JagoiEdit

The Panthoibi Jagoi (Meitei: ꯄꯥꯟꯊꯣꯢꯕꯤ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯄꯥꯟꯊꯣꯢꯄꯤ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ) is a divine traditional dance form, depicting the romance between Panthoibi and Nongpok Ningthou.[7]


Rasa Leela DanceEdit

The Manipuri Rasa Leela dance (Meitei: ꯖꯒꯣꯢ ꯔꯥꯁ, romanized: jagoi raas) is one of the eight classical dance forms of India and is originated from Manipur. Its theme is based on the devotion and romance between Krishna and Gopis, including Radha.[8][9]


Thougal JagoiEdit

The Thougal Jagoi (Meitei: ꯊꯧꯒꯜ ꯖꯒꯣꯢ; Old Manipuri: ꯊꯧꯀꯜ ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ), also known as the Jagoi Ashangbi (Meitei: ꯖꯒꯣꯢ ꯑꯁꯥꯡꯕꯤ; Old Manipuri: ꯆꯠꯀꯣꯢ ꯑꯁꯥꯡꯄꯤ), is a traditional Meitei Jagoi, performed by both men and women, along with the Maibis to invoke the deities in the Lai Haraoba festival.[10]

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