Whether it is traditional mask of Gods and Goddesses or modern themes like environment, Chau mask makers are exploring different paths of mask making. Today Chau masks are used not only for Chau dances but for space design for example in airports or museum galleries. The art galleries collect works and exhibit this traditional art for the aesthetic value of the Chau masks and influence of the tradition in cultural landscape of Bengal.
Watch the digital story that explores the connection between the Chau dance and Chau masks.
Here is some basic information on Chau dance.
Know more about the themes of Chau performances.
Check out how the artists make Chau masks. Contact the artists directly.
Here is a guideline for curators and staffs of art galleries while doing exhibition with the Chau mask and dance and the artist communities.
1. Respect the artist and the community.
2. Seek permission before you record audio/video, publish photo and information regarding community and art.
3. Acknowledge names of the artists.
Artist rights are protected through a Code of Practice. Please see the Chau Dance Art Code and Chau Mask Art Code.