By Pradeep Kumar
ITANAGAR, July 15: Traditional dances Miji of Arunachal Pradesh and Rongmei of Manipur will be showcased at Nehru Centre by cultural wing of High Commission of India at London in United Kingdom on July 18 next.
The event christened Indradhanush aims at highlighting rich colourful tribal heritage and dance forms of India in London, Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence founder Ragasudha Vinjamuri aka Sudha told this editor from London over telephone on Monday.
“Miji and Rongmei dances are unknown to UK audiences and we are proud to bring these two forms to the audiences here for the first time here for our own second generation Diaspora born and raised here”, Sudha said.
Sudha dancing in British Parliament
Asked as to who will be presenting the dances, she said, “A lot of hard work for months went into this initiative, coordinating with members of tribal communities, learning their authentic dance postures and procuring original tribal outfits with the help of well-wishers.
“We have been presenting wonderful art forms of North East and glad to have successfully presented some flavour so far out of the broad palette of tribal dances present. We are humbled to receive best wishes from Culture Ministers Taba Tedir (Arunachal Pradesh) and Jayantakumar Singh (Manipur)”, said Sudha, highly qualified and an expert Bharat Natyam dancer herself.
Miji or Sajalong have an interesting propensity towards nature-based worship and are a distinct group in Arunachal Pradesh. Rongmei or Kabui in Manipur area are also animistic and nature worshippers, with vibrant drapes and dances. The event is free to attend to generate greater understanding and awareness of India’s tribal arts and project India’s cultural image to wider audiences.
Sudha engaged in advocating protection and conservation of environment through dance forms for the survival of universe for which these forms were chosen in that far away land. The dancers with dance background, who all are mothers, professionals, employees and home makers, are based in London. They were taught Miji dance by her after she learnt the steps from Miji tribal of Arunachal through video calls, she said, adding “Arunachal is the place mentioned in our oldest epics, known for its beauty and spiritual heritage. That should come to worldwide attention for right reasons though this event. We love Arunachal culture and determined to showcase a flavour of its tribal heritage. I would do more research on indigenous culture of Arunachal and write articles academically,” she said with confidence. She learnt Rongmei the same way because of her fascination for the dance, she added.