The Manipuri Dance is mainly developed keeping in mind the Rasleela chapter of the life of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of the supreme god, Lord Vishnu. Safe to say this dance form is the way of life and way of prayer for the Vaishnavism sect of Hinduism. The Rasleela chapter or the love affair chapter between Radha & Krishna aside, the dance is also a way to appease and worship the religious sects of Hinduism like Shaivism & Shaktism.
Apart from these the local Meitei people of Manipur also perform this dance for local deity during Lai Harabo festival. The earliest instances of the mention of Manipuri Dance are found in the Sanskrit scriptures of Natya Shastra by Bharat Muni. However, the promotion of the modernised Manipuri dance started during the 18th century CE.
The dance is done very aesthetically and the attire of the dance is the main attraction of the dance. The women wear a specially woven dress that looks like a hurricane lamp at the base. The men usually dress in Krishna costume. The dance play recites and showcases the stories of Ramayan, Mahabharat, Vaishnav Padavali and so on in their performance.