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Varsity push for chhau

Kolhan University’s new vice chancellor (VC) R.P.P. Singh has raised fresh hopes over a certificate course on chhau that till date has been a non-starter.

The VC responded positively when Seraikela royal family member Pratap Aditya Singhdeo recently met him to discuss the status of the course. Though it was approved last year, there was no syllabus. The course could not take off.

But now, it looks like there could be a turnaround.

“I met the vice chancellor last week and he was very positive about the initiative that started in 2010 and was announced in 2012. We have already submitted a syllabus for Seraikela chhau and Singh assured us all possible help,” said Singhdeo.

Singh almost echoed him. “I did meet Pratap Aditya Singhdeo and discussed the matter. Since I have just joined, I will look into the matter to find the reasons behind the delay (behind the launch of the proposed course) and then get back on the matter. If need be, we will propose this in the next syndicate meeting and will start the course in a couple of months,” said the vice chancellor.

Chhau has long been on the Kolhan University’s radar.

Under the leadership of then vice chancellor Salil Kumar Roy, the varsity had announced a nine-month certificate course on chhau at KS College in Seraikela.

But of the four chhau schools that were asked to submit syllabus on the dance form, only two — Srikalapith, the chhau school run by the Seraikela royal palace, and Rajkiya Nritya Kala Kendra of Seraikela — did.

Hence, the university could not come up with a concrete course structure for interested students.

If the course starts now, it will amount to a geniuine push for the promotion of indigenous art and culture among the students.