Manipuri is a dance form that originates in Manipur, a state located in northeastern India border. This border is shared with Myanmar, Assam, Nagaland, and Mizoram. The name appeared from the state where it was born-Manipur.
The origination of this dance dates back to ancient times that come from beyond the history that we know today. Manipuri references Gods and Goddesses like Shiv and Parvati who are known to create this universe.
The divine Radha-Krishna dance, known as Rasleela, originated in Manipur. Rasleela is represented with characters of Radha, Krishna, and Gopis. The theme generally focuses on separation of Radha from Krishna.
Manipuri dance sequences follow rhythmic actions and dance moves to depict the stories that have traditional origins. The costumes are popularly represented by a stiff skirt that extends until feet. To depict Krishna, the character wears typical yellow dhoti, known as Pitaambar. Since peacock feather also represents Lord Krishna, a crown of peacock feathers is donned upon by the character that represents Krishna.
Manipuri depicts all the forms of stories of daily life like child birth, wedding, death, and other significant events of a human life.