Video | Chhau Dance: “A major dance tradition that involves the entire community” – Jharkhand & West Bengal

Ministry of Culture Govt. of India
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig-cXQG3_ug&feature=youtu.be

Prevalent in the tribal belt of the bordering areas of the provinces of Orissa, Jharkhand and West- Bengal in eastern India. There are three district forms of Chhau: (i) Seraikella Chhau of Jharkhand (ii) Mayurbhanj Chhau of Orissa (iii) Purulia Chhau of West Bengal

(i) The dances as mainly come from communities known as Mundas, Mahatos, Kalindis, Pattnaiks, Samals, Darogas, Mohantys, Acharyas, Bhols, Kars, Dubeys, and Sahoos. (ii) Musicians are from the communities known as Mukhis, Kalindis, Ghadheis, Dhada. They are also involved in the making of the instruments. (iii) Masks form an integral part of Chhau Dance in Purulia and Seraikella. Communities of traditional painters known as Maharanas, Mohapatras, Sutradhars are involved in the making of these masks

Source: National List for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), Ministry of Culture, Government of India
URL: http://www.indiaculture.nic.in/national-list-intangible-cultural-heritage-ich
Date visited: 5 October 2020

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