1. **EDITORIAL** 2. **History of the Development of Manipuri Dance - Late Prof. E. Nilkanta Singh** 3. **My Guru Ojha Amubi Singh - Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan** 4. **60 Years of Journey in Classical Manipuri Dance - Ranjana & Darshana Jhaveri** 5. **The traditional *Thang-ta* : Martial Arts of Manipur - Guru G. Gourkishor Sharma** 6. **Laiharaoba - Dr. Nonghombam Premchand** 7. **Sankirtan Tradition of Manipur (With special reference to Taala) - Guru L. Lakpati Singh** 8. **A lila of Love - Dr. Angana Jhaveri** 9. **Guru Bipinsingh's contribution to Manipuri - Dr. Sunil Kothari** 10. **Manipuri Dances : Extending the boundaries - Dr. Sunil Kothari**
**M. NAGABHUSHANA SARMA** With this number of *Nartanam*, we venture to present a new (not entirely new, but a modified) perspective of dance evaluation and criticism in the sense that we would like to offer, as we have done here, a wide spectrum of articles on various facets of a single style of Indian classical dance tradition. Multiple evaluations of the form from different angles is a known format. For example, we say 'abhinaya' in Manipuri, 'angika abhinaya' in Kathak and so on. Such critical evaluations are needed and lead to a micro-, in-depth understanding of an art form. But the lack of a wholesome perspective of an art form hinders the general readers and students to have a wider understanding of the art to enable them to strengthen their basic understanding of the dance form, the possible influences and proto-forms that helped formulate the structural and aesthetic principles and so
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