15th to the 18th centuries, Vaishnavism came to be
adopted in Manipur & this ushered a new era in the
development of this style. For Manipuris,dance has been
so inextricably woven into their pattern of life. The
dance form is mostly ritualistic. It has still preserved
the dance drama technique which draws heavily from the
rich lore of legend & mythology. Costumes are
colourful & the music has a quaint old-world charm.
The numbers presented are Lai Haraoba & Rasa Leela.
The former deals with the creation of the world & the
latter is on Krishna Leela. Drums play an important part
& the Poonang Cholom item is a must in any
performance. The Kartar Cholom danced with cymbals is
another exciting item.