Manipuri dances come from the Manipur region in the north-east. This form is essentially a folk dance and the body and arms are used extensively to communicate moods and emotions. The dancers are primarily women who wear hooped skirts and conical caps which are extremely picturesque.
The musical forms of Manipuri dance reflect the culture of the state of Manipur. The art form primarily depicts episodes from the life of Vishnu and is paradoxically a most tender and vigorous form of expression. Balance and a restraint of power are the predominant features of this style.