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October 21 2012

Ancient Farmersí Dances Threatened With Extinction

As globalization and urbanization push cultural change across India, many ancient art forms are dying out from lack of interest and funding.

Purulia Chhau, a form of masked dance performed by farmers in West Bengal to celebrate the harvest season, is one. A farmersí dance, Chhau is held during the three-month spring festival of Chaitra Parva to thank the gods for a good harvest before the next agricultural cycle.

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