Meghalaya dance forms an integral part of the culture of Meghalaya. The festivities in Meghalaya seem to be incomplete without dancing and music.
Dance in Meghalaya forms an important part of the Meghalayan society: birth, marriage, annual festivals, etc. They seem to be incomplete without the dance performances. Moreover, the dance at Meghalaya is performed at every level of the society, be it Shnong, Raid or Hima.
Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem Ka Shad Suk Mynsiem is an annual spring dance that celebrates the harvesting and sowing seasons. This dance is performed to celebrate the agricultural cycles. The performers of the dance are girls and boys who wear colorful clothes and jewelry. However, only unmarried-virgin girls are allowed to perform this dance.
Ka Pom-Blang Nongkrem The Nongkrem dance is a part of the religious festival, Ka Pom-Blang Nongkrem. Unmarried girls decked with gorgeous attire, gold and silver ornaments, and yellow flowers, dance forward and backward forming a circle. Men also dance in a wide circle with a sword and a white hair whisk in their hands.
Ka-Shad Shyngwiang-Thangiap This is a ceremonial dance that expresses sorrow. This dance form starts on the day of death, outside the kitchen door, and end on the day when the last rites are supposed to be conducted. The dancers of Shyngwiang-Thangiap are supported by men who play music on flute, bamboo pole and drum.
Laho Dance Laho dance forms a part of the Behdienkhlam festival. Men and women dressed in colorful garments take active part in the dance form. This dance form is performed by a girl, linking arms with two boys on either side. It is remarkable that, instead of any musical instruments, a man with a natural talent in recitation, recites couplets during the dance performances.