Tang-Ta is popular term for the ancient Manipuri Martial Art also known as HuyenLallong. The art developed from the war environment of the tiny state of Manipur in North-east India, which was an independent kingdom since the early Christian era. It played a significant role in the geopolitical environment of medieval period in between India and China with many independent states at war with each other. Tang-Ta (The art of sword and the spear) thus became an expressive art form which however retained its fighting character at the secret home schools of individual teachers or Gurus, after being prohibited during the period of the colonial period (1891-1947). It survived during the period of Manipur’s integration with the Indian Union in 1949, where the art was shown in festivals and performance platforms abroad since 1976. It is at an exploratory stage that this new culture is being re-examined. Now, Thang- Ta is inclusion in the general education in Manipur because of its social, spiritual, physical and cultural values.
Aims and objective of opening Thang-Ta in Manipur University of culture:
The main aim of opening Thang-Ta department in the Manipur University of culture is to provide the Self-Defense and Vocational Confrontations,Spiritual and Physical Health,Self-Discipline and Behavior Modification etc. to the youth of the nation. It also studies the socio-cultural values and historical accounts of the Manipur and neighboring states.
Scope of the study:
The scope of Thang-Ta Manipur martial arts goes back thousands of years. Some forms of Thang-Ta Manipur martial arts are Thang-Haiba, Thangyanaba, Ta khausaba, Mukna, SaritSarak and khutlon and Khonglon etc. However, there are many different forms of this ancient art that can be practiced. It also studies the Thang-Ta and its relation with the social, political and cultural tradition of Manipur.
Course structure of B.A the Department of Thang-Ta:
- B.A 1st year(Semester 1 & 2)
- B.A 2nd year (Semester 3 & 4)
- B.A 3rdyear(Semester 5 & 6)
Course structure of M.A the Department of Thang-Ta:
- M.A 1st year(Semester 1 & 2)
- M.A 2nd year (Semester 3 & 4)