The Mayurbhanji Chhau style lends itself to innovation and experimentation without losing its inherent characteristic and dynamism. The eloquence of the style lies in a form of expression which utilises the entire body as a vehicle for conveying emotions and characterizations.
Both the traditional and the extension of it into different territories will be illustrated during the Lecture Demonstration through two presentations; the first item, Shiva Tandava, intends to show the style as it is adopted in the context of a traditional theme and the second, Echo and Narcissus, how the style moulds itself to suit a different subject and music, in this case, a Greek myth. The practical demonstration in between will illustrate the transition from the one to the other.
A short documentary shot during the Chaitra Parva rituals in Baripada intends to give an idea of the ambience where Chhau originated and it is performed.