Dancers wearing traditional Rongmei attire

Itanagar: For first time ever, the Miji dance form of Arunachal Pradesh and Rongmei of Manipur will be performed at the Nehru Centre, London located at South Audley Street in London, UK on July 18.

The two dances will be performed at the international platform under a programme titled ‘Indradhanush’ which aims to highlight the colorful tribal heritage and dance forms of India. It also aims to generate greater understanding and awareness of India’s tribal arts and project India’s cultural image to wider audiences.

The two dance forms from NE will be performed at Nehru Centre, London on July 18

Ragasudha Vinjamuri, an organiser of the international event, said that it is a proud moment for everyone from Northeast India to bring these two tribal dances from the region in front of the audiences in United Kingdom, who have never seen them before.

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Expressing happiness over the initiative, Vinjamuri said that a lot of hard work went to make it possible.

Taking about their journey, Vinjamuri said that coordination with the members of tribal community, learning their authentic dance steps and procuring the original tribal outfits, the whole process consumed several months of preparation. “This all was, however, possible, thanks to the help from our well-wishers,” she added.

She also thanked cultural ministers of Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, Taba Tedir and Jayantakumar Singh, respectively, for their support and good wishes.

Ragasudha, who is also the founder of Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence, said that her organisation has also been in the past presenting the wonderful art forms of Northeast for their audiences.

Miji or Sajalong have an interesting propensity towards nature-based worship and are a distinct group in Arunachal Pradesh. It also happens to be the community of Union minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports Kiren Rijiju. Rongmei or Kabui in Manipur area are also animistic and nature worshippers, with vibrant drapes and dance.

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