Best of Bengal

Chhau dance

  • With its origins tracing back to the Baghmundi area of Purulia district, the Chhau is a tribal martial dance form performed in Bengal to celebrate the sun festival.

  • The three sub genres of the Chhau - Seraikella Chhau, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Purulia Chhau, use unique masks, and artistically blend both dance and vigourous martial art movements.

  • Themes of the Chhau are based on local legends and folklore, and are deeply influenced by the two great historical epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata.

  • Loud beats, triumphs, and musical instruments like dhol, dhamsa and marui synergise with ornate costumes and accessories to gracefully enhance the performances.

  • A fresh lease of life was breathed into this panoramic art form when the 2012 Indian romantic comedy-drama film Barfi! incorporated the Chhau dance in the narrative.

[Read previous posts on Best of Bengal >>]

< Back to List

Comments (0)
Post a Comment Comments Moderation Policy
Name:    Email:
Security Code:
(Please enter the security code shown above)

Comments and Moderation Policy encourages open discussion and debate, but please adhere to the rules below, before posting. Comments or Replies that are found to be in violation of any one or more of the guidelines will be automatically deleted.

  • Personal attacks/name calling will not be tolerated. This applies to comments or replies directed at the author, other commenters or repliers and other politicians/public figures. Please do not post comments or replies that target a specific community, caste, nationality or religion.

  • While you do not have to use your real name, any commenters using any writer's name will be deleted, and the commenter banned from participating in any future discussions.

  • Comments and replies will be moderated for abusive and offensive language.


© 2021 Maa Mati Manush About Us  |  Contact   |   Disclaimer   |   Privacy Policy   |   Site Map