Shyama Charan Pati
Icha, Jharkhand, India
Died(2020-10-29)29 October 2020 (aged 80)
Known forChhau dance
ChildrenSusmita Pati and Devashish Pati
AwardsPadma Shri

Shyama Charan Pati (1940 – 29 October 2020) was an Indian dancer, known as one of the leading exponents of the Seraikala tradition of Chhau, a martial dance form of India.[1] He was a member of the Court of the Central University of Jharkhand.[2]


He was born in 1940 in a poor Brahmin family in the village of Icha in the Indian state of Jharkhand,[3] and moved to Jamshedpur and trained Kathak and Bharat Natyam under Guru Ban Bihari Acharya.[4] Later, he also trained under gurus such as Panchanan Singh Deo and Tarini Prasad Singh Deo.[3] He trained many students such as Sujata Maheshwari[5] and Sovanabrata Sircar[6] and performed on various stages in India and abroad.[7] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian dance.[8] His daughter, Susmita Pati, is also an accomplished Chhau dancer.[1]

Pati died on 29 October 2020, aged 80.[9]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Chhau guru hosts workshop". Telegraph India. 21 January 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  2. ^ "MEMBERS OF THE COURT". Central University of Jharkhand. 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Shyama Charan Pati Guru cshaú dance group in Hungary". Indian Embassy in Hungary. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  4. ^ "After award, questions follow". The Telegraph. 23 March 2006. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Sujata Maheshwari". Sujata Nrityalaya. 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Sovanabrata Sircar". Sovannutan. 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Invitation: Chhau Dance Group Performing In Hungary, 17–21 May". Xpat Loop. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  9. ^ Chhau icon Guru Shyama Charan passes away