Nupi Sumang Leela of Manipur – Part 1

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Shumang Lila is a touring theatre performed by a group of around twelve or thirteen artistes, who are invited by an individual, or a group who pays them ‘dakshina’. These troupes may be either exclusively female (Nupi Shumang Lila) or exclusively male (Nupa Shumang Lila). In this theatre form, there is social sanction for transvestism. In Nupi Shumang Lila, the female artistes dress themselves up as males depending upon the characters. They try hard to look masculine using the masks of heavy costumes and make-ups. Courtesy:  KSH. IMOKANTA SINGH – MRF

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