Noted Chhau dancer Dhananjoy Mahato dies at 85

Kolkata, September 14

Noted Chhau dancer Dhananjoy Mahato has died of cardiac arrest at his residence in West Bengal’s Purulia district, his members of the family mentioned on Monday. He was 85.

Mahato, identified for taking the centuries-old people dance type of Purulia district to the world, died at his Belgara village on Sunday night, they mentioned.

He is survived by his spouse and son, who can be a Chhau dancer.

Popularly often called Dhunda Mahato, he had established a novel Chhau dance kind combining totally different parts like aggression and give up, pleasure and sorrow into one single composition.

Mahato inherited the fervour for Chhau dance from his father Pelaram Mahato.

He dropped out of college and began practising Chhau on the age of 13.

Mahato adopted the classical type of Chhau dance, utilizing accompanying musical devices equivalent to dhamsa and shenai throughout his seven decades-long profession.

He believed utilizing the acoustic results of devices like synthesizer will dilute the ‘earthiness’ of his artwork.

Mahato had acquired awards from the Adivasi Lok Sanskriti Bikash Parishad, West Bengal Veterinary Association and Manbhum Dalit Sahitya o Sanskriti Akademi.

He, nonetheless, had not acquired any main recognition from the West Bengal and Central Governments regardless of being a family identify within the Chhau circles within the state and elsewhere. PTI

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