Video | Santal Puppetry documented by Daricha Foundation: Chadar Badni (Chadar Badar) by Sahadev Kisku & group –  Jharkhand & West Bengal

Chadar Bad(o)ni is a form of traditional Santal puppetry, practised by just a few members of the community. Performance by Sahadev Kisku and his group.

Chadar Badni often referred to as Chadar Badar is a unique form of puppetry that is practiced by just a few members of the Santal community. Practically extinct among the Santals themselves, it first came to the limelight around 1985, when cultural ethnographer Ravikant Dwivedi chanced upon it during a field trip to Dumka, in the Santhal Paraganas of Jharkhand. Since then, a few instances of it have also surfaced in West Bengal.

Courtesy: Ratnaboli Bose © Daricha Foundation
Date visited: 1 November 2020

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Conceived by Ratnaboli Bose, Project Daricha traces the roots of performing arts like Jhumur and Raibneshe, crafts like kantha and lac dolls, art forms like alpona and patachitra and more.

Bose was working with ITC Sangeet Research Academy when she realised there was very little about the traditional art, craft and music of Bengal and other states of India on the Internet. “Whatever little information is available does not explore any particular genre of work in detail. A formal documentation of crafts and artists, at least on the Internet, is extremely necessary in our times,” said the founder and secretary of Daricha Foundation. […]

Source: The Telegraph (Calcutta), May 11 , 2014

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