RBN Web Desk: Jhumur, an ancient folk art form practiced by the Santhal community in Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh, has now been included as part of a university curriculum. A diploma course on the subject will start from this month at Sidho Kanho Birsha University in Purulia.
This is the second indigenous folk song and dance form, after Chhou, to be included in a varsity’s curriculum.
The university has formed a seven-member Jhumur academy board, chaired by its vice-chancellor, to prepare the syllabus for the subject. The syllabus has been sent to the concerned departments of the West Bengal government for approval.
Prominent folk art researcher Subhas Roy, a senior member of the board, said that Sidho Kanho Birsha University is probably the first to recognise Jhumur in its syllabus.
Jhumur, in various other forms, is practiced in several Indian states, including Tripura, Assam, and Gujarat. The Chhota Nagpur plateau is considered the hub of the Jhumur folk dance form in India.