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B&W. 3:17min. Imphal, Manipuri, India. 1935. Film made by Gerald P. Stewart. Imphal: Manipuri ‘hockey’ played on the polo ground in the British Reserve in Imphal. Scenes of Mukna (Manipuri wrestling): before the competition, the wrestlers prostrate themselves (possibly in front of the Maharaja Churachandra Singh of Manipur). Sword dance around plantain trunks. Kabui Nagas dances. Performance by Angami Nagas coming from either Mao or Maram villages in the Hill Tracts of Manipur. More Kanui dances and Angami performances. Short scene of the official stand. A group of musicians, one of them holding a large brass gong (darkung?).


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