Tripuri and Indigenous people, there are other group of people in Tripura. They
can be broadly classified in to two. Bengali and Manipuri.
had a relation with Tripuri people since thousand of year old. They were
connected to Tripuri people by matrimonial relations. In the past, Manipur was neighbour of Tripura kingdom, as a result many Tripuri king and princes married
to Manipuri princess. This let to friendly and matrimonial relations with
Manipuri people. Since then many Manipuri people came to Tripura to live in. The
king also brought many Manipuri artist to perform different cultural programs in
Royal courts. They were experts in classical dance and many folk dances. Their
Ras Nritya is a world famous classical dance.
can be divided in to two communities viz. Hindu and Muslim. In the past before
accession to India, Muslim community was more then the Hindu counters part. But
after the independence, there was Hindu Muslim riots, in erstwhile East
Pakistan, which led to large scale migration of minority Hindu Bengali from
there to neighboring states of India. These led to huge migration of Hindu
Bengali to erstwhile Tripura kingdom, which changed the demographic pattern of
Tripura and reversed the Hindu Muslim ratio of Bengalis in Tripura. Finally in the post partition migration transformed the majority native Tripuri people
had been reduced into
very hard working and laborious, many of them are involved in business, because
of which whole of the economic and commercial transactions are controlled by
them. They have folk dances, folksongs like baul, palligiti, and Rabidra nritya,
Rabindra sangit which has become back bone of bangle culture. Though they clam
their mother tongue as Bengali but in fact the local language spoken in Tripura
is perhaps far from to be called a dialect of Bengali.
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