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**
**Sankirtan Tradition of Manipur (With special reference to Taala) - Guru L. Lakpati Singh**
**GURU L. LAKPATI SINGH** **GURU L. LAKPATI SINGH**, an accomplished singer and senior Guru of 'Sankirtan', is much sought after for performances with his disciples in Sankirtan at social and religious occasions in Manipur. He has written books on Sankirtan and, is recipient of many honors and awards including National Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. Nata Sankirtan is a collective prayer, a meditation and a great sacrifice (Mahayagna as the Vaishavas call it), lasting for about 5 hours at a stretch with a lot of rituals, movements and rhythmic patterns, strictly after the Vaishnavite faith, coloured with old Manipuri tradition. It is a composite vision of music, dance and tala; a sangeet in the true sense of the term. Being a way of worship and prayer, each gesture and phase is significant, symbolic and mystical. One is supposed to be in constant touch with the Vrindavan. - E. Nilakanta Singh. In Kali Yuga, the present
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