Livelihoods | VOL. 10, ISSUE 63, November-December 2010 |

The Chhau Dance of Purulia

Chhau, a form of tribal martial dance of India, is believed to have originated in the former princely state of Mayurbhanj. Today, three variations of the dance are performed in eastern India - Seraikella Chhau in Jharkhand, Mayurbhanj Chhau in Orissa, and Purulia Chhau in West Bengal. All the dances are performed with masks. However the masks, style and accompanying music of each form is noticeably different. Origin Purulia is the westernmost district of West Bengal. Its location is a...

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