Arambai Langba – Manipur



Arambai Langba of  Manipur .

Seen above is a warrior demonstrating ARAMBAI LANGBA of Manipur one of the deadliest weapons in a battle. Heavy arrows with adequate feathers to help in flight thrown backwards from a galloping horse. It’s best used when retreating from the enemy. The pursuing enemies are caught surprised and the outcome are always fatal.

There are two main methods of the throw. One is to swiftly plunge the arrow/arrows sideways. This directly hits the enemies behind.

The another method is more fatal combined with the advantage of surprise. A handful of arrows got hold of by their feathers is thrown upwards and backwards from the galloping horse after measuring the enemies distance from him. The arrows first fly upwards and backwards and then turn a sudden curve like boomerangs and strike the pursuring enemies from behind. ~ Moirangthem Ranjit

Photography By: Moirangthem Ranjit

When was this photo taken: Day 8 – Manipur Sangai Tourism Festival – 2011

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Into the photography business since early childhood assisting my father who was a professional photographer running a studio in Imphal, Manipur. Medium format cameras (Rolleiflex, Richomatic, Yashica - Twin Lens Reflex cameras were in vogue with black & white 120mm roll films and then colour roll films gradually. Soon 35 mm SLR cameras were used. Today, digital medium completely took over with a little bit of film photography time to time. Since I was into the business, general photography was the order of the day like portraiture, group photos, product shots, events, functions, ceremonies, wedding, children, macros, outdoor assignments, interiors, copying, studio photography, etc. In the meantime, in 1990, got a job in the Central Government of India, Ministry of MSME. Thus, I have to manage my time to devote to two jobs, which surprisingly, I am enjoying. However, real passion for photography lies in landscapes, nature, abstracts, portraiture, street, documentation and photojournalism. Really enjoy action photography, low light photography, long exposures, panoramas and HDR.


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