Butoh finds footing in Manipur, India

The Japanese art form of Butoh has found a footing in Manipur, northeast India.

A joint venture between Sharma Arts and Crafts House (SACH) and NACHOM Arts of Contemporary Movement the workshop is an initiative of Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bonbon), a contemporary dancer and choreographer.


Butoh workshop in Manipur, India
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The workshop was supervised by Butoh instructor Agu Tara, one of the few Indians practising the Japanese art form. She said that ‘overall it is how one resonates to the things around and deconsecrates from ego and self’.

A participant, Chaoba Thiyam, who also happens to be a meditator, pointed out that Butoh is more of a spiritual movement done through following one's subtle and inner feelings, expanded form of meditation and not just a dance form.

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