Synonymous with Maa Durga tradition, with the State goes berserk with its frenzied devotion to Mother Divine as Durga Maa. Teaming up with its most favorite ‘Maa Durga – Mahishasura’ theme, a group of professional artistes from the State presented a riveting Chhau dance today, on day-2 of the West Bengal Youth Parthi Yatra, in Prasanthi Nilayam. The Chhau is a dance form indigenous to eastern India. This evening’s presentation was Purulia Chhau, one of the three diversified forms of Chhau, originated in Purulia district of West Bengal.
Rich and colorful with costumes, vibrant, powerful and acrobatic with movements, the Chhau dancers for the evening enthralled the audience today, keeping them on their toes, with ‘Maa Durga’ finally winning a battle over the demon Mahishasura, slaying him.
Dance ‘vernacular’ numbers with intoxicating percussive musical backdrop added additional fervour to the exultant evening. Musical instruments used are dhol, dhumsa (big drum), pepti (a reeded aerophone) and janjh.
The exciting presentation in essence represented the folk classical continuum of the State, presenting West Bengal’s very own ‘Durga’ tradition, at Bhagawan’s Lotus Feet.
Bhajans continued and the session ended with Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan.