When the religious cults and arts of India spread to S E Asia from the 7th c AD, the Ramayana and the Mahabaratha took root in Java, Cambodia and Thailand, where they were staged as dance dramas and shadow plays, according to Hindu theatrical traditions.
(The Dance in Ancient India, Dance Dialects of India by Ragini Devi, p27).

Unlike Seraikella Chhau, which is the monopoly of the Kshatriyas, artisans, rickshaw pullers and the like, dance Mayurbhanj Chhau. In Purulia Chhau, the dancers are all common people.

The early cave sculptures in Aurangabad and Ellora clearly exhibit the sculptor's technical knowledge of dance.
(Kapila Vatsyayan Indian Classical Dance)

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