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Dokori Chowdhury

Songs and dialogues are the soul of Gombhira. The lyricists are responsible for bringing Gombhira to life. Dokori Chowdhury carried on the legacy of Jogendra Chowdhury (Mator) and Debnath Ray (Habla) with his extensive skills of being a singer and lyrisict. With humility Dokori Chowdhury dedicated his life to Gombhira. Dokori Chowdhury was the resident of Bnashkori village of Englishbazar in Malda. In 1965 he joined the group of Jogendranath Chowdhury with Debnath Roy and became the lyricist of that new formed group. He was famous throughout the state. For taking Gombhira to a complete new level he was awarded with the Lalon Purashkar. The art form was his medium of protest against the society. Ki khabite bohin pakka aam Dhuya rakh Suyader chopakhan Hamre Maldor lok gilchiye dhok Bish taka killo aamer dam Dokori Chowdhury made Gombhira contemporary with the changing time to keep the essence of Gombhira alive in the modern days. Age was never a barrier to curb down his enthusiasm for …

Karuna Chitrakar

Karuna Chitrakar was a competent Scroll Painter and singer. She was born in Pashkura of Paschim Medinipur. She married Ajay Chitrakar and came to Naya, the village of the Patuas in Pingla.
 Confident strokes, bold lines and bright colors were the features of her work. Karuna had the inborn quality to become a Guru. Apart from West Bengal she participated in different workshops in Mumbai, Delhi and Gujrat. Among her two sons, Rahim Chitrakar has earned national and international fame, 
Mamin Chitrakar is also a scroll painter. Karuna Chitrakar passed away on 20th April in 2018.

Nepal Mahato

After Gambhir Singh Murah the next legendary chau persona was Nepal Mahato. Besides being an Chau artist he was also a Guru. He played a massive role in spreading Chau worldwide. He was born in the Abadan village of Purulia on 17th June 1954. Nagendra Mahato and Tushtha Mahato were his parents. He showed his competency in all the three traditional Chau forms;Purulia, Mayurbhanj and Seraikella. His initial exposure to Chau Dance was at a very early age when he was in the sixth standard in Shikshashatra High school. His first guru was Anil Mahato. He had a vast range of interest ranging from Jhumur song, Nachni Dance and cock fighting. He loved to play football but his love for Chau was beyond everything else which led him to his destiny. Nepal Mahato passed his school final examination in 1993. During his academic years in Shikshashatra his cultural talents became exposed in front of the eyes of Secretary Ajit Mitra and Dulal Chowdhury. Under the patronage of Ajit Mitra he began to perfo…

Jiten Rabidas

It was very difficult to identify Jiten Rabidas at the time of his performance as a woman. He was the renowned Domni artist in Malda. Domni is a type of folk theatre of north west part of Malda, adjacent to Bihar. It is a famous art form of  Ratua, Manikchok, Harishchandrapur block of Malda. The Domni folk theatre rises mainly from the idea of Santhal and Munda Devi Behula’s incognito as Dom Rani. No texts are present in Domni plays. Here the male actors perform as the female characters.
 The plays are performed in ‘Khottai’ language which is the mixture of Bengali, Bhojpuri, Maithili and Urdu. He had the talents for both singing and dancing. Folk Art specialist Subodh Chowdhury was the mentor of Jiten Rabidas. He performed in Kolkata, Malda, Coochbehar and many other places. Jiten Rabidas had his association with the famous Domni group ‘Loukik Srijani’ of Malda. He struggled a lot with poverty to carry on his art of acting. At one point of his life this talented artist even sold lotte…

Bimal Gupta

Gombhira is a folk play performed in North Bengal during the months of Chaitra centering the festival of ‘Gajan’. The essential parts of Gombhira play include songs and sarcastic dialogues. Bimal Gupta was a prominent exponent of Bengals folk play, Gombhira.

The play is all about launching complain to an imaginary character called ‘Nana’ who represents Shiva. The appearance of Bimal Gupta was highly deceptive; nobody can ever understand that he had such acting skills. All the social satires found life through the performance of Bimal Gupta.

His instant dialogues made the audience laugh out loud. He was the person who spread Gombhira among the young generation. He also performed outside West Bengal.  After the death of  Dokori Chowdhury, Bimal Gupta took the responsibility of keeping the folk tradition alive. On 9th January 2011, Bimal Gupta passed away.

Mihirlal Singh Deo

Mihirlal Singh Deo was one of the pioneers who made Jhumur flourish outside Purulia. In 1939 he was born in a Zamindar family in Rajnawagarh under Kenda police station in Purulia. His uncle Hariprasad Singh Deo was a famous singer. Classical music was his family tradition. After completing his Graduation and Post graduation in music with distinction Mihirlal took up jhumur against the will of his family. He didn’t forget to remember his roots and Folk heritage. He was responsible for flourishing Jhumur amongst the young people. In the initial years of his life Mihirlal used to practice Classical music. After that he started to be trainned from a renowned Jhumur artist Ramkrishna Ganguly. Mihirlal has played an important role in re-introducing Jhumur songs which was in the verge of extinction. People said that Jhumur song needs accompaniment of a Dancer, otherwise it won’t attract people. Mihirlal proved them wrong and made a prominent place in the world of Jhumur without dance.
The song…