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Prospect and Retrospective Dimension of Chhowa Dance: the Cultural Heritage of Erstwhile Manbhum District of Eastern India
The present paper aimed at identifying the different factors that contributed in the continuity of the Chhowa dance in this specific zone of Eastern India and how it is responsible in developing cohesion in time and space.The socio cultural function examined in terms of prospect and retrospective dimension.The Challenges encountered in the contemporary society are also identified .It is further observed that the dance not only brings name and fame to the people and the region concerned but it has been successful in weaving solidarity amongst the people and establishing cultural identity of its own.It has become a part and parcel of wider cultural spectrum. The decade long observation in the region and interview with the performing artist as well as focus group discussion with chhowa dance team was brought into application to confirm its reliability and validity.Effort was also made to understand the growth of its popularity from regional to international level.