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Punglon- The Rhythms of Manipuri Dance

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Item Code: UAW207
Author: Yaikhom Hemanta Kumar
Publisher: B.R. Rhythms, Delhi
Language: English
Edition: 2023
ISBN: 9788188827909
Pages: 154 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Other Details 10.00 X 6.50 inch
Weight 420 gm
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Book Description

The Rhythms of Manipuri Dance is a kind of book which can provides the knowledge about the basic elements of playing Pung (Manipuri Drum) and also can be achieve the knowledge of Chali Parengs, the basic foundation of Manipuri Classical Dance, especially for young learners in the Volume I. And it also provides the knowledge of BhangeeParengs, the essential parts of Manipuri Raas Leela dance and the traditional series of body movements in the Volume-II of the book.

About The Author

Yaikhom Hemanta Kumar is a wellknown teacher, a Pung player, a dancer and choreographer of Manipuri dance. At present working as a senior Professor of Manipuri Dance at Sangit Bhavan Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal, India. He has been honoured with many prestigious awards like Manipur State Kala Academy award in 2018, Guru Nadia Singh Memorial peach award in 2016, Devdasi National award in 2015, Guru Thiyam Tarunkumar Memorial Gold Medal award in 2014, Junior National Fellowship award in 1998 and Guru Sovita Ben Mehta Memorial Gold Medal award in 1979 for his outstanding contributions in the field of Manipuri Dance. A member of West Bengal Dance group Federation. He is also the author of Manipuri dance book, "Punglon Bhangee Pareng Mangagi".

Professor Yaikhom Hemanta Kumar is a born dancer, brought up in the cultural atmosphere of Sankirtan, Raas and Lai -Haraoba tradition. When a child he asked for a tin of Glaxo from his mother which became his pung and later became "Ojha Pochoi" for his friends and siblings and he played the dholok at the local Lai-Haraoba festival. This spontaneous talent attained maturity with training in the J.N.Manipur Dance Academy,Imphal followed by special training under ojha Thiyam Tarunkumar Singh and choreography training under ojha R.K.Singhajit Singh.

In 1993 he joined Sangeet Bhavan, Visva Bharati University and has been training students from all over the world. While training foreign students he felt the need of a book written in English. True, there are no books in English where the bols that are taught in class can be found. This vacum for this kind book will be filled up by this book written by Y. Hemanta Kumar.Rhythms of Manipuri Dance is most welcome.


Dancing and playing drum is my passion from my childhood. Still I remember the day when I asked my mother to give me an empty tin can of Glaxo. She brought one from the store room and I tied a piece of thread on the edge of both side of the can and kept it hanging on my shoulder. I played it like a drum and danced Pung Cholom,observing my enthusiasm in music and dance my grandfather bought me a small Pung (Manipuri Drum) from the Nupa Market (males market in Imphal ). I was very happy and played the drum all the time. When I was eight years old my grandpa arranged the performance of "Gostha Leela, Sansenba" at our home and invited Ojha Partho Singh a well-known guru from Singjamei to teach. I played the role of Madhumangol and my niece Indubala performed the role of Krishna. After this Gostha Leela performance my grandpa sent me to Ojha Ch. Kulabidhu Singh and Ojha

Y. Sekho Singh for initial traditional training in Manipuri drum and then to Guru Yumlembam Nandikishor Singh for professional training.

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