Source: The Hindu; Author: Harish Bal; Photo Courtesy: The Hindu

‘Dhwani 2012’, a cultural event in Kochi, showcased three varieties of Chhau dance, namely Seraikella, Mayurbhanj and Purulia Chhau. The performance was by 27 artistes. The presentation featured a highly varied repertoire with simple yet striking themes. Shashadhar Acharya, a traditional Seraikella performer, presented a personification of the night in an item ‘Ratri’. Loud drum beats to a monotonous rhythm, accompanied by poignant strains of the sarangi and creative lighting, added to the mystique of the piece. The dancer depicting ‘Night’ was dressed in a black attire with silver sequins, black mask et al. Night caressed a crescent moon, portrayed by another performer, as they danced together.

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Scene from Durga