Chau Mask Festival
Chau Mask Festival
The Chau Mask Festival celebrates the art of making Chau masks, an artform which originated in Charida village during the rule of King Madan Mohan Singh Deo of Baghmundi around 150 years ago. The festival is part of the initiative Rural Craft and Cultural Hubs of West Bengal, undertaken by the Department of MSME&T (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Textiles), Govt. of West Bengal and UNESCO to strengthen ICH (Intangible Cultural Heritage) based craft and performing arts of the state.
The masks feature a range of mythological characters, animals and birds. These masks not only serve a functional purpose but have also become popular home decor and lifestyle items. In recognition of its unique cultural significance, Purulia’s Chau Mask was granted the coveted Geographical Indication (GI) status in 2018.
The Chau Mask Festival in 2023 showcased the traditional folk art forms of Purulia, such as Chau dance, Jhumur, Natua, and Baul songs from Birbhum, as well as Gambhira from Malda. Visitors explored the village, engaged with its living heritage, interacted with skilled artists and participated in workshops during the festival.
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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.
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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
Items & Accessories To Carry
1. Light and airy cotton clothes; Kolkata is typically very hot in March.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain).
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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