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Chhau is an ancient cultural heritage of Jharkhand: Governor

Seraikela, April 13: Governor Draupadi Murmu today said that Chhau is the ancient cultural heritage of Jharkhand and its people. She said it was due to Chhau that Seraikela-Kharsawan had got international acclaim and identity.

Murmu was addressing the inaugural section of Chaitra Parv Chhau Mahotsava at Birsa Munda Stadium in Seraikela on Thursday. She said the coming generations should link and associate themselves with this heritage.

“The state government as well as the Central government are working hard to protect Chhau. This dance form has a bright future. Earlier, people had the impression that only men could and should perform Chhau dance. But now even women are learning and performing this dance,” said the governor.

The governor said her family had a long association with Chhau. She said her grandfather, father and brothers used to perform Chhau. She said there were Chhau dance devices and instruments in her house still today.

Murmu inaugurated the function by lighting the ceremonial lamp. She said the Chhau dance form was a gift from the forefathers of the people of Jharkhand.

A welcome speech was given on the occasion by the deputy commissioner of Seraikela-Kharsawan Ramesh Gholap.

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