Manipur is the most popular state of India in respect of classical dances. All type of dances like classical or modern dances of Manipur are near to the religious feelings. Steps of those dances took an age of ritual culture of Manipur. Ras Leela is one of them.

Ras Leela is the group of social elements during the dance performance. Mainly Manipuri people pray the deities of lord Krishna and goddess Radha. Ras Leela is the classical dance of lord Krishna and Radha.

The great poet and philosopher of India Rabindranath Tagore watched this dance first time in 1920. He loved it and than he introduced this dance in his university Shantiniketan. After that this dance becomes popular in all around the world.

Raas Leela is the softest dance than other classical dances of Manipur. During this dance performance dancer doesn’t hit their feet too hard on the ground of dancing stag. When they put their feet on the ground, touch front part of the feet first to the ground. In Ras Leela dancers move their body with the movement of rhythm. Each and every put or down of feet move with the rhythm points of music.

Raas Leela is not only needed the perfect movement of feet according to music but also it needs facial expressions of the dancers during dance steps. This ritual dance also needs various instruments to play the music.

Ras Leela is also called as the name of Manipur dance because it is the most significant religious dance of Manipur. Ras Leela organized in every important festival or occasion like Sangai Festival.

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