Source: The Hindu; Author: Parshathy. J. Nath 

SPIC MACAY held the Purulia Chhau Dance Workshop in collaboration with the Department of Music, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women. The Dancers crossed barriers of language and cast a spell on students. The dance-drama was centred on the popular myth of Mahishasura Mardini where Goddess Kali slays Mahishasura, the demon king, symbolising the victory of good over evil. Chinmaya Arjun Raja, the state coordinator of SPIC MACAY, wanted more educational institutions to take up an active role in reviving traditional and folk forms of art. “Schools are a great place to begin. Here, you can catch children’s attention without the onslaught of television or the Internet. Also, teachers play a very important role in initiating this generation into India’s rich cultural past,” he said.

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At the Purulia Chhau dance workshop. Photo: S. Siva Saravanan