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Faces Behind the Masks: Chau Production on Recognition of Artists

New Chau production on recognition of Chau dancers who remain unknow behind masks.

Chau dancers have always faced the problem of recognition and attribution. We enjoy the Chau performances but seldom acknowledge the person, the performer behind the elaborate mask who gives life to the character he plays. Moreover, Chau dance is predominantly practiced by the male members of the community and women have only very recently started taking part in Chau performances that too after...

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Patachitra on Intellectual Property and GI

February 2020

The Patuas of Pingla are known for their skill of beautiful representation of their thoughts on paper. After an initial sensitization and mobilization session on intellectual property, attribution, GI and Craftmark with the Patachitra  artists of Pingla, two senior artists- Swarna Chitrakar and Monu Chitrakar have put their learning on paper that is they have developed Patachitras on it. They have done so to sensitize others regarding the same.

Swarna’s Patachitra on intellectual...

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Digital Storytelling for heritage promotion

January 2020

Digital storytelling is a relatively new term which describes the  practice of everyday people who use digital tools to tell their ‘story’. Digital stories often present in compelling and emotionally engaging formats, and can be interactive. The most important characteristics of a digital story are that it no longer conforms to the traditional conventions of storytelling because it is capable of combining still imagery, moving imagery, sound, and text, as well as  contain...

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This research project, Heritage Sensitive Intellectual Property and Marketing strategies: India (HIPAMS - INDIA), is funded by the British Academy's Sustainable Development Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund 2018-2021.