2015

Ramayana

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Organizer: Haridebpur Ajeya Sanhati

Theme- Ramayana (told in the form of folk dance- Chhau)

Chhau is a folk form of dance found in three eastern states of India, such as, Mayurbhanja district of Odisha, Purulia district of West Bengal and Seraikela and Kharsawan District of Jharkhand with three distinct styles. Dance performances in chhau often portrays tales, myths from epics and also from different strands of Hindu religions. The costumes vary between the styles, with Purulia and Serakeilla using masks to identify the characters. Mask is a very important feature of chhau dance and use of mask differentiates three styles of chhau;  while, in Seraikela and in Purulia styles of Chhau use masks during the dance, the Mayurbhanj Chhau does not use any. The dance is traditionally an all males troupe.

Here we have adopted chaau dance to depict story of Ramayana specially the episode where as the legend goes Jatayu bird (a mythical creature) resisting Ravana (the demon king) when he was fleeing with Sita (Rama’s wife) from Panchabati forest after abducting in absence of both Rama and Lakshman. So, we have installed a 40ft mask of Jatayu with mashed paper chumki, jari to decorate the musk. Along with Jatayu we also have installed a 50ft mask of the demon king Ravana. On the one side of the mask is the the entrance to the pandal and on the other we have exit. Hair of king Ravana made like snakes. In case of the idol we have used Dokra Art. (Dokra Art is, non–ferrous metal casting, an ancient form of metal casting still in use). Other important characters from the epic also have featured throughout the pandal.