N. Samuel Douminthang Baite


The paper attempts to study and understand Thigalnaw Dance of the Vaiphei tribe is a very unique one in its origin, composite style, symbolic meaning, and popularity. It articulates the origin, symbolic meaning, significance and development of the dance and also the popularity of the dance in the contemporary period and also brings forth its significance in understanding the socio-cultural and religious life of the tribe. It also pushes forward the need to give due recognition by the concern authorities (local or state government) and take steps to preserve and promote this beautiful asset of the state. The materials are collected from the review of related literature, records of Leilon Vaiphei Cultural Troupe and personal interview


burial ceremony, Thigalnaw dance, Vaiphei, traditional dance

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Video coverage:

Video coverage of Thigalnaw Lam at the State Level Kut Celebration 2013 uploaded in YouTube by Shell Ngawll on 9/03/2014

Video coverage of Thigalnaw Lam at ZoFest 2018 uploaded in You tube by Samuel Baite on 30/06/2019

Zillai GHQ (2019) Vaiphei Nam Lam-A documentary video of Vaiphei Traditional Dances Interview:

Mr. Henkholun (100 Yrs), a resident of Leilon Vaiphei Village, Kangpokpi District, Manipur on 14/7/2019


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