Footworks of Seraikella Chhau<br />
Chhau dancers (in the photographs)<br />Tapan Kumar Patnaik (Director, Government    Chhau academy, Seraikella)<br />    T...
The Chhau technique has been influenced by the “Pharikhanda style” of sword play.(Phari means shield: khanda -sword).Phari...
Location – banks of river Kharkai<br />The techniques are generally performed at or before the sun rise, and traditionally...
The Pharikhandastyle may be divided into three<br />Chalis – ‘gati’-gait or styles of walk-6<br />Upalayas (or Upheli)-bas...
Pranam- pharikhanda style of saluting with the sword<br />
Chalis<br />The exercise begins with a number of ‘chalis’,<br />Stylized gaits. They are inspired by the gaits of<br /> an...
Aakashchali– indicates descent of the gods from the sky<br />
Mayurchali- peacock’s walk<br />
Hath Chali– Elephant’s movement <br />
Sarpagati– Snake’s movement<br />
Hans Chali- swan walk<br />
Prajpati – butterfly movement<br />
Upalayas (or Upheli)<br />The Upalayas (or upheli) make up the basic vocabulary in chhahu dance. The traditional movements...
Gobarkudha– picking up dry cow dung<br />
Gobargoola– mixing cow dung with water<br />
Sprinkling the mixed cowdung water<br />
Kula pachda- husking of paddy<br />
Jhuntiyamaja- cleaning toe rings<br />
Pahudmaja -cleaning of anklets<br />
Tara Khosa - plucking the stars <br />
Ghodatobuka- horse trot<br />
Khadumaja- cleaning of choories (wristlets)<br />
Gath bar(or Dub bar) -the bathing dip<br />
Gadhijibar-going to bathe in the river<br />
Chhelidenga- jump of the goat<br />
Harnidenga- the jump of deer<br />
Onthmuda-twist of the intestine<br />
Para muda- twisting pigeons neck<br />
Surangmara- piercing inside the cave fiercely<br />
Thurthuri- shivering body motion<br />
Khels<br />The Chhau dancers feet have a gesture language of their own. After having a thorough mastery of the ‘Chalis’ an...
Bangimas<br />Bangimas are the rasa’s practiced in Chhau, which would be used by various characters in the compositions. G...
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Footworks of Seraikella Chhau

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Footworks of Seraikella Chhau

  1. 1. Footworks of Seraikella Chhau<br />
  2. 2. Chhau dancers (in the photographs)<br />Tapan Kumar Patnaik (Director, Government Chhau academy, Seraikella)<br /> The students of Acharya Chhau academy<br />Brajendra Kumar Patnaik (Performer and teacher, Government Chhau academy) <br />
  3. 3. The Chhau technique has been influenced by the “Pharikhanda style” of sword play.(Phari means shield: khanda -sword).Pharikhanda exercises are vigorous, virile, agile and acrobatic. They call for split second timing, sharp turns, bends and baffling postures employed by the warrior of olden times to dodge his opponent.<br />
  4. 4. Location – banks of river Kharkai<br />The techniques are generally performed at or before the sun rise, and traditionally at Bhairavasal the place consecrated to Bhairav (Shiva) on the bank of the river. Kharkai, a mile east of the town. There are seven deities representing to sanctify the place<br />
  5. 5. The Pharikhandastyle may be divided into three<br />Chalis – ‘gati’-gait or styles of walk-6<br />Upalayas (or Upheli)-basic exercise-36<br />Khels-types of play,of sword and otherwise-10<br />
  6. 6. Pranam- pharikhanda style of saluting with the sword<br />
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  10. 10. Chalis<br />The exercise begins with a number of ‘chalis’,<br />Stylized gaits. They are inspired by the gaits of<br /> animals and birds. The gait or ‘gati’is in single, <br />double and quadruple tempi with<br /> forward, backward and sideways steppings. <br />
  11. 11. Aakashchali– indicates descent of the gods from the sky<br />
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  13. 13. Mayurchali- peacock’s walk<br />
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  15. 15. Hath Chali– Elephant’s movement <br />
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  17. 17. Sarpagati– Snake’s movement<br />
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  20. 20. Hans Chali- swan walk<br />
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  22. 22. Prajpati – butterfly movement<br />
  23. 23. Upalayas (or Upheli)<br />The Upalayas (or upheli) make up the basic vocabulary in chhahu dance. The traditional movements are first of all acquired through “Uphlei”(meaning leaps and motion) which is destined to inhabit the variegated exposition of body ,limbs and footwork. The Upalayas have been termed round the common place daily activities of a woman but are actually virile leaps and bends and coordinated movements which are masculine in execution.<br />
  24. 24. Gobarkudha– picking up dry cow dung<br />
  25. 25. Gobargoola– mixing cow dung with water<br />
  26. 26. Sprinkling the mixed cowdung water<br />
  27. 27. Kula pachda- husking of paddy<br />
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  29. 29. Jhuntiyamaja- cleaning toe rings<br />
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  31. 31. Pahudmaja -cleaning of anklets<br />
  32. 32. Tara Khosa - plucking the stars <br />
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  34. 34. Ghodatobuka- horse trot<br />
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  36. 36. Khadumaja- cleaning of choories (wristlets)<br />
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  38. 38. Gath bar(or Dub bar) -the bathing dip<br />
  39. 39. Gadhijibar-going to bathe in the river<br />
  40. 40. Chhelidenga- jump of the goat<br />
  41. 41. Harnidenga- the jump of deer<br />
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  43. 43. Onthmuda-twist of the intestine<br />
  44. 44. Para muda- twisting pigeons neck<br />
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  46. 46. Surangmara- piercing inside the cave fiercely<br />
  47. 47. Thurthuri- shivering body motion<br />
  48. 48. Khels<br />The Chhau dancers feet have a gesture language of their own. After having a thorough mastery of the ‘Chalis’ and ‘Upalayas’ a dancer can execute the complicated ‘khels’-the war exercise of naked sword play with his opponents. <br />
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  54. 54. Bangimas<br />Bangimas are the rasa’s practiced in Chhau, which would be used by various characters in the compositions. Generally female gestures are practised in Bangimas.<br />
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  59. 59. Thank you<br />

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