Imphal Culture & Festivals

Imphal Culture & Festivals have been attracting people for centuries. The distinct art forms and ramifications showcases Imphal, the capital city of Manipur, to the world. The popular classical dances of this city stand unique among all the other Manipuri dance forms.

The famous Rasa Lila is considered as the epitome of the classical dance of Manipur. This dance shows the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. It is generally performed in Mandop on Kartik Purnima, Sarada Purnima and Basanta Purnima nights. Most of the Rasa Lila dances are performed at Shri Govindaji Temple of Imphal.

Nupa Pala is another dance form, which is generally performed by male dancers. In this dance male artists wear white pheijom and uses cymbals. Again Khamba Thoiba dance of Imphal are performed both by female and male artists.

Some of the other art forms are Wari Liba (story telling), which is prevailing in Imphal since 17th century. Khongjom Parva is a kind of musical narration that exists in the city.

The people of Imphal are creative and artistic by nature. The handicrafts produced here attract lots of people all over the world.

Besides dances, different types of festivals are celebrated all over Imphal. Some of the festivals of Imphal are Lui-Ngai-Ni, Ramjan Id( Id ul Fitr), Gaan Ngai, Cheiraoba, Yaoshang (Dol Jatra), Christmas, Lai Haraoba, Kut, Ningol Chakkouba, Mera Houchongba, Ratha Jatra, Kwak Jatra and Heikru Hidongba.

Imphal Culture & Festivals lend an insight into the various customs and modes of the native tribes residing in this city.

Last Updated on 19th Oct 2012