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11 April 2011

Mizo 'Tiger Head Dance' Wins Accolades in Delhi

photo_indira-gandhi-national-centre-for-the-artsAizawl, Apr 12 : The denizens of New Delhi heaped praises after seeing the rare performance of 'Sakei Lu Lam' or tiger head dance, a ritualistic dance of ancient Mizos, at the open air auditorium of the Indira Gandhi National Centre of Arts (IGNCA), Rajendra Prasad Road in New Delhi last week.

The cultural performance was part of the first North-East Indian Indigenous theatre festival workshop being held from April 2 to April 10 under the sponsorship of the IGNCA where 14 plays from the eight Northeastern states staged.

Two teams had represented Mizoram at the theatre festival.

The performance of the rare Mizo ritualistic dance by 25 actors and actresses of Mizoram Theatrical Guild (Khiangte Group, Mizoram-II) on the inaugural day of the festival took centre stage and drew the attention of a huge audience.

The 45-minute play, directed by the noted scholar Dr Laltluangliana Khiangte, depicted a warrior or hunter, who had killed a tiger, donning woman’s clothes to appease the spirit of the slain tiger.

The play was highly appreciated and the organisers requested the troupe to replay it on April 4, which, however, was declined due to the troupe’s scheduled programme.

''Among the participants, we were the only one requested to re-stage the play,'' the team’s director said.

''We had to decline the request due to pre-scheduled engagement of the team members to return from the capital city in the same evening,'' he added.

On March 24, the MTG had performed the play at the Kalakshetra open air stage of Guwahati, in the North East chapter of the festival of indigenous drama.

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