India is a land of great diversity, not only with climate, languages, food, and culture also in festivals.
Storytelling tradition has found multitude of vernacular expressions in Indian life. Patachitra is a storytelling tradition of Midnapore region of Bengal in eastern India. In this unique art form, oral tradition meets the visual structures of a narrative.
'Chau' is a traditional dance drama popular in the Chotanagpur plateau area of Eastern India. In 2010 Chau dance is inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are three recognized styles of Chau: Purulia Chau of West Bengal, Seraikella Chau of Jharkhand and Mayurbanj Chau of Orissa.
The ecstatic Gomira dance masks of Dinajpur district have ensued from animistic practices of the Desi and Poli communities of the Rajbangshis. Every village has its own Gomira dance troupe. The dancers are all male, without exception, and portray one or many characters, male, female or animal.
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