The vivid and colourful dance of Purulia, Chou got its name from the word 'Cho' means mask. In purulia Cho means mask and hence the
mask dance is called Chou.Chou is actually a varient of Jhumur dance, the other varients of Jhumur being Pata nach, Darbari Jhumur etc.There are three sub genres of Chou. They are Saraikela Chou, Mayurbhanj Chou and Purulia Chou.The chou dance of Purulia is a dance which is accompanied by ornate masks. Traditionally Chou dance was restricted to dramatic representations of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Purans and always depitcs the triumph of good over evil.
Charidah village of purulia situated at the foothills of Ajodhya hills is the village of Chou mask makers. Here, almost every person is an expert of making masks and dresses. This chou masks were traditionally ornamented with natural components like bids, feather of birds etc. The masks were made up of paper pulp which make them light and easily usable.
It is said that, Gambhir Singh Mura used to study the movements of Tiger and dance of peacock while preparing himself for the Chau dance.
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Ajodhya Hills Ayodhya is a paradice to young mountaineers who come here to learn the basic courses of rock climbing. From the top of Ayodhya hill one can get a panaromic view of the rugged terrain of Purulia. The view of the water reserve(of the hydro electric project) is also breathtaking. One can have a view of the Bamni falls of the Ajodhya hills too. Matha Buru Six km away from Ajodhya hills on the way to Bagmundi is Mathaburu. This hillock is situated on the side of the highway . Plantations of sal is dense on the way to the top of Mathaburu. Here localites arrange yearly ‘Mela’ . The top of the hillock has a temple. On a moonlit night enthusiasts can have a great panoramic view of the surroundings from the top of Mathaburu.
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Ranchi is the nearest airport
Nearest rail head is jhalda. Purulia railstation is also near