International Festival in Baltica

Biren Kalindi2017


Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Chau dancers from Purulia have travelled in many parts of the world to showcase their art form. This image is of a Chau dance group performing a mythological dance drama at the International Folklore Festival in Baltica, Lithuania. An eight member team of master artists from rural Purulia was invited in this festival.


  • Title: International Festival in Baltica
  • Creator: Biren Kalindi
  • Date Created: 2017
  • Location: Purulia
  • Subject Keywords: Chau, Dance, Tribal, Purulia, Artists, Bengal, Festival, Mask Dance, Masks, UNESCO, ICH
  • Rights: Banglanatak.com
  • About the craft: Chau is an acrobatic mask dance form from Purulia district of West Bengal. Colourful masks, rhythmic drum beats, powerful acrobatic movements and somersaults are characteristics of the Purulia Chau. The traditional dance is performed at open spaces at the rhythm of various kinds of traditional musical instruments that include Dhol, Dhamsa, Charchari, Tikra and Nagara, Mahuri, Sanai and Flute. The stories are traditionally based on mythological tales. The dancers wear colourful masks representing particular gods, goddesses, demons, monsters and various animals such as lion, tiger, bear, monkey, etc. Chau Dance features on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Humanity.

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