Manipuri dances usually describe an episode or episodes from the life of Krishna, most often describing the love story between him and Radha. One can feel the religious influence in the dances, and performance is used as a tool for devotion and worship. Manipuri dance is graceful, spiritual and is considered one of the softest, but also most significant dances in the world.
There are two categories of Manipuri dance: tandava for the male characters, and lasya for the female characters. There are no jerking movements, straight lines or sharp "edges" in the dance form.