Pung or Manipuri classical drum is the soul of Manipuri Nata- Sankirtana (devotional music) and Classical Manipuri dance. It is made of seasoned woods of Jackfruit and Wang trees and is an indispensable part of all aspects of the social, cultural, and religious life of Manipur.
Cholom means a graceful, dynamic and rhythmic movement of the body involving the head and legs while playing the musical instrument. Pung Cholom is performed as an invocatory number preceding the Nata-Sankirtana.
Pung Cholom is a highly refined classical dance number characterized by the modulation of sound from a soft whisper to a thunderous climax. The dancers execute various stages of slow and quick movements of the body while playing the pung --with intricate rhythms and cross rhythms leading to ecstatic heights.