Music of Manipur
|Music of India|
A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735 (Rajasthan)
|Media and performance|
|Nationalistic and patriotic songs|
|National anthem||Jana Gana Mana|
Manipur is a region of India. Some varieties of folk music from the area include the rural love songs khullong ishei, the rhythmic Lai Haraoba ishei, which contain lyrics with veiled references to erotic mysticism and pena ishei, which is accompanied by a pena, an instrument made from a bamboo rod and the shell of a gourd or coconut. The pena is an ancient instrument that is a sort of national symbol for Manipuris.
Other songs include the religious thabal chongba, the classical nat music performed at various special occasions, the women's devotional nupi pala songs, Gaur Padas, sung in praise of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and dhob, sung accompanied by the jhal, a large cymbal. Manohar Sai is another important class of songs, devoted to a 19th-century man of the same name. Khubaishei is a kind of song accompanied entirely by clapping.