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Tagore and Manipuri Dances

Title:Tagore and Manipuri Dances
Author:Ghosh, Santidev
Enumeration:Vol. 14 Issue no. 4; September 1961, p. 48-49
Abstract:Rabindranath Tagore pioneered the movement for the revival of dance (particularly Manipuri) with the help of dance teachers and students of Santiniketan and Visvabharati (founded 1921). Between 1926-29, and again in 1934, Naba Kumar worked at Santiniketan as a teacher of Manipuri dance and gave expression to the musical compositions of Tagore through Manipuri dance styles. Manipuri dance spread out from Santiniketan, and Naba Kumar took it to Ahmadabad. In 1929, two dance teachers came from Imphal and taught the pure Manipuri technique at Santiniketan for a year or so; the present writer was one of their students at the time. In later years, well-known exponents of Manipuri dance, including Guru Atamba Singh, carried the movement further. The death of Tagore in 1941 marked the end of the formative period of the Manipuri dance movement at Santiniketan.

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