Shumang Leela

Shumang Leela

News: The 50th All Manipur Shumang Leela Festival 2021-2022 kicked off at Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen at Palace Compound in Imphal.

• Shumang Leela is a traditional form of theatre in Manipur.
• 'Shumang' means 'open courtyard' and 'leela' means play and literal meaning of Shumang leela is 'play of the open courtyard'.
• The roles of female artists are all played by male actors and male characters are played by female artists in case of female theatre groups.
• Shumang Leela started as a comic genre presented before the kings and noblemen, which ultimately developed into the present form of courtyard-enacted play. The groups of those days attempted to preserve and promote humanism, tolerance, confidence, devotion, truth and justice through their performances.
• It has, today, developed both theatrically and artistically.
• It has become a powerful medium for mass education besides giving entertainment and relaxation.
• It has also been trying to strengthen the bond of brotherhood and friendship among various communities in the State.

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