Performing Sword Fights Dances On Wheelchairs - First of its kind in the World
Yet another first! Disabled people have performed the traditional sword fight on stage in this extraordinary production. Thang-Ta, the leaping, muscular dance form of India’s verdant north-eastern state, Manipur, is breathtaking in its own right. When our disabled dancers perform it, you are lifted into a another realm of wonder, joy and sheer disbelief when performers on wheelchairs, on crutches, with no hands or one foot soar, whirl and strike with balletic grace.
Martial Arts on wheels is inspired by THANG – TA the most dangerous form of martial art that flourished in the ancient kingdom of Manipur. Moving in a fixed footwork pattern, performers display thrilling techniques of attack and defense. Wrist work plays a predominant role. Manipuri Thang is attracting international interest from theatre and dance personalities. And our artistes perform a historic kinetic first with their dramatic and electrifying swordplay on wheelchairs.
The highly skilled martial art tradition is a direct legacy of Manipur’s prolonged battles with neighbouring kingdoms. Long and incessant wars motivated the people to their battle-craft into a work of art during the time of peace. The Manipuri martial art flourished in the past under the royal patronage of the Maharajas. The Manipuri martial art of fighting with spears, swords, sticks and axes still continues to be popular among youths.