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Monipuri Naach

Monipuri Dance

This type of folk dance is originated from the Monipuri community of Bangladesh.

Reasons for selection

Dance in Bangladesh is predominantly folk-based. Bangladesh's folk dances are very much a reflection of the country's life style. Some forms grew out of varied regional environments in the Monipur District of Sylhet.

Area where performed

Monipur and other regions of Sylhet District

Essential elements of the performing art

Music, Dance

Detailed explanation

Dance in Bangladesh is mainly folk-based.

It has its own distinctive patterns which evolved from the people's traditional customs, beliefs and observances. The Monipuri community of Bangladesh has its own speciality in their unique dancing characteristics. This dance has ritualistically preserved their primitive musical vigour and rhythmic variations.

The Monipuri community living in the North-Eastern part of Bangladesh believe their ancient gods and goddesses. The enormous natural beauty of that region and their traditional customs along with the belief in Sri Radha and Krishna led them to create the festive way of Monipuri dancing.

This is one of the oldest forms of dance. During festivals, the maidens put on colourful costumes for a graceful group dance.

Publication and textual documentation

not yet available

Audio documentation

not yet available

Visual documentation

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka - 1000 Bangladesh

Institution/organisation involved in preservation and promotion

does not exist

Data provider

Mr. Azad Rahaman
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts)
Address: Segunbagicha, Ramna, Dhaka - 1000 Bangladesh