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'Chho' mask dance is a very popular performance of the 'Manbhum School of Chho' as practised on the eve of 'Gajan'. The performance ritually starts from 'Chaitra Sankantri' till 'Rohini of Jaistha'. The mythical, historical and social plays on many valorous characters are enacted by the performers with the vigourus 'Chho' masks. The Chho-mask-making has become a cottage industry and is appreciated by the folk-art lovers from all corners of the country and abroad. Paper pulp as its main ingredient is coloured and decorated by other items are also used to make it appealing.
Duration 22 minutes 15 seconds (English & Bengali Version)
The Horns of cattle, specially buffalo horns, have given birth to a new dimension to cottage industry by producing many useful and decorative items. The prime item is hair-comb of various designs and sizes. Indian 'Horn-Art' has its demand abroad. This industry needs to be more equipped to meet its demand.

Duration 15 minutes 55 seconds (English & Bengali Version)
Lac is a natural resin secreted by tiny 'lac-insects' to protect itself along with itself with its larvae at the time of its breeding. Lac is cultivated at the twigs of some particular trees mostly grown in the forest area. Indian lac dominates in international market for its highest production and excellent quality. Lac is used in paints and varnishes, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, electricals, agriculture, defence and many other important industries. Kolkata is the main marketing centre of lac.

Duration 21 minutes 5 seconds (English & Bengali Version)
The Birhors are considered as one of the primitive tribal groups in India, mostly found in the hilly contiguous region of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa.
'Bir' means 'jungle' and 'Hor' means 'man' in their own language. They depend on forest produces, thus surviving on hunting and gathering. No authentic record is found about population due to their nomadic nature. Rope making with some specific creepers and barks of trees is their traditional occupation. Deforestation has now become a threat to the survival of this ethnocentric community.
Duration 24 minutes
Gajan is a folk festival of Bengal observed though its length and breadth. Having its origin in the Vedic age, it has got its deep-rooted tradition through the pages of history.
The festival usually lasts for a month where a group of people devote themselves to the whole society. The entire season comprises several religious performances, rituals and cultural manifestations which mainly express the desire of people to renunciate. The entire society gets involved to inspire and stand by the devotees. It faces a treamendous challenge today with its old fashioned expressions.

Duration 28 minutes 26 seconds

The 'Desh Shikar" is observed on the Baisakhi full moon day specially at Ayodhya Hill of Purulia (in West Bengal) by the indigenous malefolks. After their hunting-activities, 'Dhunger' dance and 'Uday-jhumur" with 'Sing-Rai' dance drama are performed with erotic songs and music through which a boy gets his proper sex education with all its taboos that befit his own society.

Duration 18 minutes (English & Bengali Version)
"The man is yet to be born who has not participated in the 'Desh Shikar (Annual hunting festival) and the woman is not considered to be bloomed if she has not participated in the 'Chhata Parab of Chakoltor'."- A proverb of the indigenous communities of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. These two festivals have merged to come under one title to emphasise the vigour of the tribal youths. The generation gap is wiped out and the boy feels for the first time the fragrance of youth.

Duration 19 minutes 38 seconds (English & Bengali Version)
The 'Chhata Parab' is celebrated specially by the indigenous womenfolk on the day of Bhadra Sankranti, by worshipping their 'God of rain'. The festival signifies the vigour of fertility. In the fair ground of Chakoltore, Chhata hoisted on the Sal tree pole symbolises the protection of the peasants and their crops in the territory. The festival has been observed for the last 500 years.

Duration 16 minutes 48 seconds (English & Bengali Version)
The Shabars are the hunting and gathering tribal community who are sometimes known as 'Kharias' or 'Lodhas' in West Bengal, Orissa & Jharkhand. As their main source of living is forest, deforestation has compelled many of them to run into daily labourers. Their traditional culture has also bee threatened by the imposition of other greater religious traditions. This primitive, nature-worshipper community survives in utmost poverty.
The correlation of the cattle and the act of farming needs no explanation. BANDNA is a festival of the vast plains in the western part of West Bengal which reflects a total environment of feeling for the cattle. It is that good side of human sensibility which considers cattle as an integral part of human civilization and culture.
The documentary envisages to find out the reality as it were and as it is. The question as to how long this may survive has also been raised.

Duration: 37 Minutes
In the dry deciduous forests of central India, NTFPs are the major source of livelihood and income generation to local people. In the study area, due to the extremely dry climate and the erratic nature of rainfall, only about 20% of people undertake rainfed agriculture with the result that forest are under tremendous pressure from cattle grazing and fire, Unsustainable harvesting and collection of NTFPs has reduced their availability in the natural forest, which is threatening the livelihood of the tribal collectors. Community awareness generation, science and technology application for NTFP processing and value addition and capacity building were the key approaches for rural livelihood and income generation. The film emphasises the activities required for sustainable Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP) management.
Duration: 25 Minutes
Bhumikanya (Daughter of the Soil) (29 min. 24 sec.)  

Synopsis of the Film :

The harvesting festival of the South-West region of West Bengal, also covering some parts of Jharkhand and Bihar is popularly known as Tusu. Tusu is a folk belief, never any God or Goddess, but much more a sweet little girl of the tribal folk. The festival takes place when new crops are harvested. The entire festival is a very colourful one. It takes the shape of the all-around festive mood of the tribal people, where everyone takes part.

This documentary depicts the history, the colours and the overwhelming influence of this festival in the vast region of South-West West Bengal and Parts of Jharkhand and Bihar.


Go-Bandana (The Cattle Worship Festival) (25 min. 13 sec.)


Synopsis of the Film

The co-relation of the cattle and the act of farming needs no explanation. BANDNA is a festival of the vast plains in the western part of West Bengal which reflects a total environment of feeling for the cattle. It is that good side of human sensibility which considers cattle as an integral part of human civilization and culture.
The documentary envisages to find out the reality as it were and it is. The question as how long this will survive has also been raised.

Jhanpan (Festival of the Serpent Goddess) (22 min. 36 sec.)  
Synopsis of the Film :

Jhanpan, the folk festival is held all over West Bengal, but it is predominant in South Bengal which is full of jungles, rivers and canals - the happy hunting ground of the snakes.And Jhanpan is the festival where the goddess Manasa is worshipped to get rid of the snake-bite. The Bengali rainy season, which spans the months like Ashar, Shravana, Bhadar and Ashwin, is fixed for this festival. Clay image of Manasa is built up and worshipped in Jhanpan. The remarkable feature of this festival is to play with snakes. The main purpose of the puja is to get rid of the snake-bite and to have happy and prosperous life. At the time of the sacrifice of the animals to the goddess, devotees pray with great devotion and frenzy by wallowing on the on the resultant blood. Women play the stellar role in the worshipping of Manasa.
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