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Mayurbhanj Chhau Dance Performance

Posted on: January 28, 2019 | Back | Print

Consulate General of India
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Mayurbhanj Chhau Dance Performance


Consulate General of India, Hambantota organized “Mayurbhanj Chhau Dance Performance” – by Shri Bhibuti Bhusan Mohanta and his troupe, to commemorate India’s 70th Republic Day. Performances were held at Siridhamma College Auditorium, Labuduwa, Galle on 21st January 2019, at Rabindranath Tagore Memorial Auditorium, University of Ruhuna, Matara on 22nd January 2019 & at Monaragala District Library Auditorium, Monaragala on 24th January 2019.

The local hospitality for the troupe for Galle & Matara event was provided by Ministry of Sports Youth and Cultural Affairs, Southern Provincial Council with venue support by Siridhamma College, Galle and University of Ruhuna, Matara. The event at Monaragala was supported by Monaragala District Secretariat.

The  event at  Galle was graced  by  Mr. Prem Kumar Nair, Consul General of India-Hambantota , Mr. U.G.D Ariyathilaka, Hon’ble Minister of   Agriculture and Agrarian development, Southern Provincial Council, Mr. Chandima Rasaputhra, Hon’ble Minister of Education and Land Development, Southern Provincial council and Mr. Ravindra Pushpakumara, Principal of Siridhamma College. The event was witnessed by about 500 people.


The event at the Matara was attended by Mr.Manoj Sirisena Hon’ble Minister of Sports Youth and Cultural Affairs, Southern Provincial Council, Prof. Gamini Senanayaka, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ruhuna, Mr. Ranjith Yasarathne, Hon’ble Mayor of Matara, Mr. Vijitha Gunarathne, DIG Police, Matara Mr. Chathura Karunarathne, Hon’ble Deputy Mayor, Matara and the Deans and heads of various faculties of the University.

The event at Monaragala was graced by Mrs. D.S Pathmakulasooriya, District Secretary/ Government Agent, Monaragala, Mr. Sujith Wedamulla, SP Monaragala Police, Pradeshiya Sabha members and the residents of Monaragala town. The programme was witnessed by over 400 people.

The one and half hour performance by the Mayurbhanj Chhau Group characterized by strong and vigorous movements, yet graceful in execution kept the audience spellbound at all the venues. They enjoyed the programme and appreciated the efforts of Consulate General of India, Hambantota in bringing such rare and unique dance form to Sri Lanka. Chhau is a UNESCO recognized dance form.