Chau Jhumur Utsav
Chau Jhumur Utsav
The week-long Chau Jhumur Utsav, held in the Purulia district of West Bengal, celebrates and showcases two folk traditions of the state. Chau is a vibrant and vigorous form of dance-drama emerging from martial practice. Jhumur is a musical form from western parts of West Bengal (Purulia, Bankura and South 24 Parganas) as well as Jharkhand and Odisha. Colourful masks, rhythmic drumming and powerful acrobatic movements are characteristics of the Purulia Chau dance. In contrast, Jhumur songs, rendered in the local dialects, soulfully express happiness, sorrow, love and loss.
Many of India’s leading Chau artists such as Baghambar Singh Mura, Biren Kalindi and Jagannath Chaudhuri have performed at the Chau Jhumur Utsav, which was launched in 2010. Attendees get to watch as well as interact with the artists. The ninth and most recent edition of the festival took place in the village of Maldi, in Balarampur, in 2019.
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At the Chau Jhumur Utsav, the audience will:
– Witness Chau dance in a village setting.
– Listen to mythological stories and epics.
– Learn about the artform from maestros through interactive workshops.
How To Get There
How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
How to Reach Purulia from Kolkata
1. By Air: The nearest airport to Purulia is at Ranchi at a distance of about 125 km. From the airport, you can hire a cab to Purulia.
2. By Rail: Purulia is well connected to Kolkata and nearby cities by rail. You can catch a direct train from Kolkata to Purulia.
3. By Road: Located at a distance of about 300 km from Kolkata, Purulia has a good network of roads. You can either take the Kolkata – Bardhaman – Durgapur – Purulia route or the Kolkata – Bengai – Bankura – Purulia route.
Source: Native Planet
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
- Only fully vaccinated attendees allowed
- Sanitiser booths
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. The temperature in Purulia drops to around 6°C-7°C in December. Winter wear is recommended.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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