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University chhau course misses a beat

Kolhan University’s plans to launch a certificate course in chhau seems to have lost its rustic rhythm.

The varsity had announced the nine-month course on the dance form nearly two years ago. The programme would be held at K.S. College in Seraikela. But, thanks to lack of co-ordination and enthusiasm on the part of the university and chhau institutions, the course is yet to see the light of the day.

The varsity had approached four Chhau schools and asked them to submit a tentative syllabus for the course. Of them, only two submitted their recommendations. The university was thus unable to come up with a concrete syllabus, stalling the launch of the course. So far, only Srikalapith, the chhau school run by the Seraikela royal palace and the Rajkiya Nriya Kala Kendra in Seraikela have submitted a course structure.

“We have tried from our side but the wheels aren’t rolling. We even discussed the problem with authorities at the KS College about six months ago. The vice-chancellor of Kolhan University retired and this initiative of promoting the art form came to a standstill,” said Tapan Patnaik, a chhau exponent and director of Rajkiya Nritya Kala Kendra.

Pratap Aditya Singhdeo from the Seraikela royal family, who has been pushing the Srikalapith course for affiliation, agreed.

“We submitted the syllabus module in 2012. It is sad that the certificate course, which was supposed to start in November 2012, has made no progress yet. Let’s see if the varsity can get things on track this year,” said Singhdeo.

The university syndicate in 2012 gave a green signal to start the course that aimed at promoting chhau among youngsters in Seraikela.

The new vice-chancellor of Kolhan University R.P.P. Singh said he would be able to talk about the matter only after looking into the details.

“I have heard about this initiative though I don’t know about the details. Once I see the file, I will be in a position to comment or take a decision,” said Singh.