In continuation series of Exhibit of the Month the RAM – Chhau Dance Mask from West Bengal was inaugurated at IGRMS, SRC Mysuru by the OIC, J. Vijay Mohan on 05th July 2018 at 04.30 PM. The exhibition will be displayed for the month of July – 2018.
Chhau Dance: Chhau dance is one of the mask dance of India. Chhau dance also spelled as Chau or Chhau, is a semi classical Indian dance with martial, tribal and folk origins with origins in the eastern Indian states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha. It is found in three styles named after the location where they are performed, i.e. the Purulia Chau of Bengal, the Seraikella Chau of Jharkhand, and the Mayurbhanj Chau of Odisha.
The costumes vary between the styles, with Purulia and Serakeilla using masks to identify the character. The stories enacted by Chhau dancers include those from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, the Puranas and other Indian literature. The dance is traditionally an all males troupe,
Chhau masks and dancer of West Bengal the most interesting fact, Purulia Chhau Dance is listed on UNESCO’s world heritage list of dances. These chhau masks are made by the artists from the Sutradhar community.