When I used to perform in theatre back in the day, I got to see some of Manipuri drama productions.
I was very impressed with their performance and began to delve deeper into Manipuri culture.
That is when I came to know about Raas Leela festival.
Every year, the Bishnupriya Manipuri community living in Bangladesh celebrates Raas Leela at the Madhabpur Jora Mandap, in Kamalganj upazila under Moulvibazar district.
A celebration of the divine love of Radha and Krishna, Raas Leela is a colourful ethnic festival of Bangladesh, which also takes place simultaneously in India.
Manipuris have been celebrating this festival - a very important part of their culture - on the Purnima Tithi (full moon) in November every year.
The celebration includes Rakhal Nritya (dance of Sri Krishna and the cowherds), Kirtan, Natpala and Raas Leela (dance of Sri Krishna, Radha and the milk maids).
Raas Mela (fair) is also a part of the festival. Small traders gather with products that include Manipuri handicrafts, household items, toys etc.
Thousands of people, irrespective of caste and creed, from different areas of the country flock to enjoy Raas Leela.
This year, the 178th Maha Raas Leela is scheduled to be celebrated on 30 November.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the celebration will be on a limited scale.
Mumit M is a Senior Photo Journalist working for The Business Standard.