India & Himalayas

Chhau masks are used by millions

Collectors, galleries and museums are just beginning to discover the importance of this Indian folk art. Chhau has long been very popular. For years the people of Purulia in West Bengal have been making masks used in the Chhau dance — a semi-classical tribal dance of eastern India listed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as intangible cultural heritage of humanity.

You might want to take a look at what we posted Feb 25, 2019: There are many different characters in the Chhau ceremonies. On this page we have three: a lion, the goddess Durga and a male demon.

The pandemic that now plagues the entire world makes it almost impossible for tourists and exporters to buy masks. I suggest that our viewers who want to build a collection search the internet while there are plenty for sale. Availability could go downhill. Bob, 1732

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