Jamshedpur, May 8: The traditional Chhau Mahotsav’s brush with modernity continues.
After incorporating adventure sports, the festival is now treading the tech path. A website, www.chhaumahotsov.com, was launched today to popularise Chhau dance in other parts of the world. Seraikela-Kharsawan deputy commissioner (DC) Rajesh Sharma did the honours at ASIA Bhavan today.
Director of Seraikela Chhau Academy Tapan Kumar Patnaik claimed that for the first time a website was exclusively dedicated to any dance form of Jharkhand. He added that the website would provide a fair amount of exposure to all four schools of Chhau dance — Seraikela, Mayurbhanj, Purulia and Kharsawan. It not only provides detailed information about Chaitra Parva but also contains details about the various forms of the dance. “It will also boast a rare photo collection in the days to come,” said Patnaik.
Sharma added that the administration had made special arrangement to ensure that a large number of people turn up at the event. “We will put up kiosks at Sinni, Chakradharpur and Tatanagar to help commuters reach the venue. Moreover, bus services will also be available from these three locations and Adityapur,” said Sharma.
The administration will also organise road shows to attract more people to the festival.