Mayurbhanj Chhau dance form has a long history. Originally a tribal dance, which originated from the forests of Mayurbhanj,Orissa in the 18th century, it got the status of a martial art form in the 19th century. Slowly & steadily Mayurbhanj Chhau left its martial character and mellowed. Under the Royal Patronage it received proper attention & direction and showed a bright future and utmost perfection as a dance of excellent style in the field of eastern art and culture of India.
Mayurbhanj Chhau- has highly evolved techniques of its own for which it differentiates itself from other forms of dance. These techniques of Mayurbhanj Chhau are based on various body movements.
Kathak is one of the eight major classical dance forms of India. It prevails from northern parts of India.
The word Kathak means 'story telling'. Kathak comprises of intrinsic footwork, hand movements,pirouettes and facial expressions all of which the dancer uses to tell a story or to do the technical part of Kathak.
The dancer ties bells called 'ghungroos ' around the feet so that he/she can show the intricacies of footwork