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New Chau Production

A new Chau dance production titled “Mukosh Khola Mukh” or Faces behind the Masks was developed in July with guidance of theatre expert Sidhartha Chakraborty. The production development began at Nimdih then shifted to Balarampur Resource Centre with the Chau artists in a workshop format from 9 July to 22 July. Thirteen Chau artists had participated in the production process. The workshop involved exercise, music and song practise, production objective sharing, production scene development. On 22nd July the final production was demonstrated. The production was based on the storyline of how the artist behind the Chau mask needs to be recognized. How women faced criticism from the patriarchal society and how they went on to pursue their dreams of dancing Chau withstanding the societal pressure has been beautifully captured by the production. The production ends with the women artists behind the masks being applauded by the audience. This shows the importance of recognition of artists behind the masks. Jhumur songs have been beautifully used in this Chau production.
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Artists during their practice

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Artists during their practice

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Group photo of the participating artists

This research project, Heritage Sensitive Intellectual Property and Marketing strategies: India (HIPAMS - INDIA), is funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund 2018-2021.