The India Dance Festival has presented many classical Indian dance styles throughout the past years. From the well-known Bharatanatyam, Kathak and Odissi, to more rare performances of Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Mohiniyattam. But never before has the festival shown the dance style Manipuri. The organizers of the India Dance Festival 2018 are very proud to present to you:
Being the daughter of renowned classical Manipuri dancers & dance exponents, Guru Bipin Singh and Guru Kalavati Devi, Bimbavati Devi was initiated into the world of dance and music at a very tender age. Besides dancing, she has also undergone training in pung (Manipuri mridang) playing and the basics of thang ta (Manipuri martial art). As a solo and performing artiste of Manipuri Nartanalaya, one of the pioneer institutions of Manipuri dance in India founded by her parents and the well-known Jhaveri sisters, she has performed in various prestigious dance programs and festivals of India and abroad. A classical dancer par excellence, Bimbavati is now engaged in empirical choreographies based on Manipuri dance and experimenting with new idioms that expand the vocabulary of movements, following the path shown by her father. She is now the artistic director of Manipuri Nartanalaya.
'...a brilliant Manipuri dancer tried to stick to the vocabularies of Manipuri in all its purity while combining it with an innovative and intelligent way of presentation.' (The Telegraph)
'Bimbavati came up with a choreography that bears testimony to her creativity and repertoire. She is an accomplished dancer who has inculcated within her the finer points of Manipuri dance from her illustrious parents.' (Hindustan Times)
Indian Heritage Night
Bimbavati Devi will perform at the India Dance Festival in the double-bill Indian Heritage Night. The first part of the program will show a Kathakali duet. The second part is called Seeking the Infite danced by Bimbavati.
Saturday 27 October, 19.00
Sunday 28 October, 14.00
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Manipuri dance, also known as Jagoi, is one of the major Indian classical dance forms, named after the region of its origin – Manipur, a state in northeastern India bordering with Myanmar (Burma), Assam, Nagaland and Mizoram. It is particularly known for its Hindu Vaishnavism themes, and exquisite performances of love-inspired dance drama of Radha-Krishna called Raslila. The Manipuri dance is a team performance, with its own unique costumes, aesthetics, conventions and repertoire. For most part it is marked by a performance that is graceful, fluid, sinuous with greater emphasis on hand and upper body gestures. It is accompanied with devotional music created with many instruments, with the beat set by cymbals (kartal or manjira) and double-headed drum (pung or Manipuri mrdanga) of sankirtan. See Wikipedia.