3/3/2015 3:42:01 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Breaking away from conventional choices, a Manipuri drum dance called Dhol Cholom was showcased at Chingay Parade 2015 here in Singapore.
This dance is an essential part of the Holi festivities in Manipur, which is known as Yaosang. The dancers play the dhol (a form of hand beaten drum) while they dance and perform acrobatics.
Introducing the troupe, HE Mrs Vijay Thakur Singh said that during the planning of Chingay 2015, India decided to join in. “Manipur is the state closest to South-east Asia and youare the connectors,” she said, lauding the performers. This ties in well with India’s ‘Look East’ policy. Moreover, besides celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, this year India is participating SG50 celebrations.
Forty artists of the Jawaharlal Nehru Manipur Dance Akademi (JNMDA), Imphal, joined the Narpani Indian Community group performance marking the collaboration and cooperation between our two countries. Speaking to India Se, Lokendrajeet Singh of JNMDA who also choreographed the section said, “Usually we choreograph to our own music. But this time we received recorded music and we had to set the movements to it.” The group has performed at various events including the Republic Day parade.