MANIPURI (from Manipur, northeastern India): it differs in many ways from other forms of dance in India. The body moves with slow, sinuous grace and the undulating movement of the arms flows to the fingers. According to legends of the tribes of Manipur, when God created the earth, it was uneven. The seven Lainoorahs danced on this newly created sphere, pressing gently with their feet to make it firm and smooth.
Manipuri dance is characterized by balance and restraint of power, exerting gentle and delicate pressure on the ground, with small steps and low hops. Women wear long and stiff skirts. This style mainly represents episodes from the life of Vishnu and is both the most tender and vigorous form of expression.