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Craftsmen working on Chhau masks
The Chhau dance is a genre of martial dance performed by tribals in the states of West Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand.The mask-makers, who are Sutradhars or woodcarvers by caste, are located in two or three centres in Purulia (mainly in Charida) and practically originated from one centre. They were also known as Dutta and Seal. Their livelihood depend entirely on the Purulia Chhau found only in west Bengal.
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