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Rhythms of Manipur regales music lovers

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, July 18 - Rhythms of Manipur�s new production � Nongju Tantha (Rhythmic Rain) enthralled music lovers to a cultural evening at Manipuri Jagoi Marup Golden Jubilee Stage here on Saturday.

Established in 1985, Rhythms of Manipur is a professional Manipuri performing group specialising in traditional as well as in fusion arts. An important centre for Manipuri music and theatre over the last thirty years, it has undertaken extensive concert tours in and around India besides performing in Singapore and Hongkong.

The music ensemble directed by Haobam Nisheshwor Singh is a confluence of folk and ethnic music of Manipur, Hindusthani classical ragas and western classical music using traditional musical instruments like Langden, Meitei Pung, Pena, Toudri, Dhulok, Khol; Indian musical instruments like Sitar, Tabla and Western musical Instruments like Violin, Flute, Xylophone and Drum.

Four lady drummers performed the Langden Cholom. The tune and beats of Holi was also incorporated in the ensemble. It concluded with the musical beats of Kang Chingba (Ratha Yatra). Special lighting effects designed by L Madan added colour to their performance.

Born and brought up in a family of cultural background, Haobam Nisheshwor Singh, grandson of Haobam Nganbi Devi, Padmashree, is a young music composer and director who to his credit has over a half dozen music compositions and plays.

A function was organised to launch the new production. Director of Information and Public Relations Meghachandra Kongbam, Director of JN Manipur Dance Academy L Upendro Sharma and Padmashree Guru S Thanil Singh were present at the function.

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