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Chhau Dance on the occasion of 70th Republic Day of India

SYNOPSIS OF THE DANCE ITEMS

CHHAU DANCE OF MAYURBHANJ

Discover the beauty of Chhau, a unique form of Indian classical Hindu dances and ancient tribal traditions. There are three main styles, each of which are named after the locations where they are performed: Purulia Chhau of west Bengal, Seraikela Chhau of Jharkhand and Mayurbhanj Chhau of Odisha. Chhau draws substantially from Indian epics like Ramayana and the Mahabharat, as well as folk and tribal elements.

Chhau in Mayurbhanj reflects the dynamism of tribal culture and has deep religious sentiments associated with the presiding deity of this dance, Lord Bhairab. It was introduced in 18th century in the Darbar period of Maharaja Krushna Chandra Bhanjdeo. Of the three styles of Chhau, Mayurbhanj is widely known for its beauty and vigor, and is prevalent in Odisha. It’s the only style of Chhau performed without the use of a mask.

GEETA

Duration: 12 minitues

The dance depicts an episode from the Mahabharat, the epic based on the concept of Shrimad Bhagabat Geeta's Sainya Darshana Yogoh. In the bettle of Mahabharata when Arjun saw his relatives, he became very dejected. After seeing the dejective of Arjun Lord Krishna advised him about the Karma Yogo and fight against Adharma and preserve the Dharma.

DANCERS 1. BIBHUTI BHUSAN MOHANTA 2. RAJKAPUR MOHANTA

GARUDA BAHAN

Duration: 13 minitues

The dance is based on an episode concerning Garuda the celestrial bird. Once Garuda lands on the moon in search of nectar (Amrut) that would release his mother from bondage. There he encounters Lord Vishnu; the supreme God of heaven. He takes fancy to the bird and tests his power in a dual. Seeing his indomitable courage, Vishnu offers him to be his vehicle (Vhana) to which the Garuda agrees. Sankha(conch), Chakra(cycle), Gada(mace) and Padma (lotus) in his four hands of Vishnu are represented as characters.

DANCERS

1. BIBHUTI BHUSAN MOHANTA

2. PHUDAN MAJHI

3. LAXMIDHAR GHUNIA

4. NIROJ KUMAR MOHANTA

DANDI

Duration: 12 minitues

This episode is taken from the Upanayana ceremony of a Brahmin boy. Here in this item the boy has crossed the three symbolic lines (Rekha) and has denounced the world and holding Kamandalu on his right hand. Danda on his shoulder proceeds to Ashrama to earn knowledge. Danda is symbolic presentation of Gyana Danda as the king holds Rajo Danda.

DANCERS

1. GURU PRASAD MOHANTA

2. LAXMIDHAR GHUNIA

SHIVA TANDAV

Duration: 10 minitues

In Hindu theology Shiva is the God for dancing. Through dance he creates, preserves and destroys. This is the cyclic process of the world. In the dance these three dominant moods are delineated with a variety of Yogic postures and vigorous movements.

DANCERS

1. BIBHUTI BHUSAN MOHANTA

KIRAT ARJUN

Duration: 13 minitues

During the period of residing in forest of Pandavas. Arjuna was making hard and deep meditation to get Pashupata Astra from Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva and Parbati disguised in Shabara Besha to deviate Arjuna. Atlast Shiva satisfied with Arjuna’s heroism and gave him Pashupata Astra.

DANCERS

1. RAJKAPUR MOHANTA

2. NIROJ KUMAR MOHANTA

3. PHUDAN MAJHI

4. LAXMIDHAR GHUNIA

5. GURU PRASAD MOHANTA

NAME OF THE ACCOMPANIST

1. SURENDRA NATH SOREN : DHOL

2. KANHAI BANDRA : MOHURI

3. CHHUTU GHUNIA : MOHURI

4. BAIDYANATH GHUNIAN : KADKA

5. JIBAN KUMAR PATRA : DHUMSA

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