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Chhau dance

Chhau Dance in Divya Kala Mela 2023, Gandhi Maidan, Patna

Chhau Dance, originating from the eastern regions of India, is a vibrant and captivating traditional dance form that seamlessly blends martial arts, folk traditions, and theatrical elements. This ancient art has its roots in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha, with distinct styles emerging from each region.

Known for its dynamic movements, intricate footwork, and colorful masks, Chhau Dance narrates mythological stories and folklore through its expressive choreography. The dance often features characters from Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata, bringing these ancient tales to life with energetic performances.

Chhau Dance is unique in its incorporation of various forms, including Seraikella, Mayurbhanj, and Purulia. Each style boasts its own signature movements and costumes, adding a rich tapestry to the cultural heritage of India.

The performers, adorned in vibrant costumes and elaborate masks, create a visual spectacle that mesmerizes audiences. The rhythmic beats of traditional instruments like dhol, dhumsa, and shehnai accompany the dance, creating an immersive experience.


Chhau Dance Performance on the Occasion of Divya Kala Mela – Gandhi Maidan, Patna
Chhau dance, also spelled Chhou dance, is a semi classical Indian dance with martial and folk traditions.