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Angul is also famous for shadow puppet dance (RAVAN CHHAYA). The tradition of shadow puppet theatre in India is very old and thrives only in the States of Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Karnatak, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Maharastra. Each State has its peculiar design, style, colour-scheme and manipulation technique. The shadow-puppet theatre of Odisha, is known as Ravan Chhaya. It is titled thus because, the Chhaya or shadow is considered inauspicious and is therefore related to the character of Ravan who is equated with evil. Among all the styles of India it is the simplest with no colour, and almost no dance or fight sequences. With simple movements, the full unjointed figures depict versions of the Bichitra Ramayana. Accompanied by Khanjani (a tambourine variety of instrument) and cymbals, the musicians sing standing in front of the screen. Though most of the puppet figures are made out of deer skin, those of demoniac characters are made from stag skin. Each puppet is fixed with a thin rod of bamboo for manipulation from behind the white curtain. The light is provided by a large earthen lamp fed with castor oil.

District Headquarter : Angul
State Capital : Bhubaneswar
Nearest Railway Station : Angul
Nearest Airport : Bhubaneswar
How to Reach :  
Well connected by Road and Train. It is 160 KMs from Bhubaneswar
Best Time : Round the Year
Contact Person : DIPRO Angul (DIPRO)
Contact Person Phone : 06764230234
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Last updated on: 12-02-2018

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