about chau

Chau dance is a tradition of the eastern Indian states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha

about chau

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mask making

Chau masks are made from paper pulp, mud and clay and undergo many interim processes before taking the final form.

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The traditional dance is performed at open spaces at the rhythm of various kinds of traditional musical instruments like Dhol, Dhamsa, Charchari, Tikra and Nagra, Mahuri, Sanai and flute.

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Chau Masks

A rich repertoire of masks of gods, heroes from folklore and mythology,  birds and animals

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The 8th edition of the Chau Jhumur Utsav will be held at Balarampur from 20-22nd December. Chau is also held during the Gajan festival in Chaitra (mid-April) in almost most of the villages of Purulia.



GIIn 2010 the Chau dance was inscribed in the UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Purulia Chau Mask has received the Geographical Indications (GI) tag in 2018. The GI tag conveys an assurance of quality and distinctiveness which is essentially attributable to the fact of its origin in that defined geographical locality, region or country.