Imphal ĭm´pəl [key], city (1991 pop. 202,839), capital of Manipur state, NE India, in the Manipur River valley, 2,500 ft (762 m) above sea level. Industries include weaving and the manufacture of metalware the town is an important trade market. Until 1813, when Manipur was conquered by the Burmese, Imphal was the seat of the Manipuri kings. The inhabitants, of Tibeto-Burman origin, are famous for their music and dance. Imphal has three colleges affiliated with Guwahati Univ., as well as a technical college. The city was the site of a major victory (1944) for British and Indian troops against the Japanese in World War II.

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