✳️ Shumang Leela is a unique traditional form of theatre in Manipur.
▶️ The tradition is believed to be descended from Lai Haraoba, a ritual of the Meitei community of Manipur.
🔯 Types of this dance
↪️Shumang Leela is of two types:
1️⃣ Nupa Shumang Leela: It performed only by men. Here the roles of women are all played by men, called Nupi Shabis.
2️⃣ Nupi Shumang Leela: It performed only by women and the roles of men are played by women.
🔴 The plays serve as a medium to spread awareness among people of social, political and economic issues. Shumang Leelas may also discuss moral values, unity and integrity.
🟠 This theatre form has for long been trying to strengthen the bond of brotherhood and friendship among various communities in the State.
Significance of the art
🔵 In a society marked by heteronormativity, the gender-bending nature of Shumang Leela makes it a unique art form that is fraught with complexity.
🔵 The men who take up female roles or vice versa are highly appreciated and laughed at.
🟣 The traditional theatre form has preserved its original form, and its aim to inform and entertain has remained unchanged.