The film centres on Manohar (Mithun Chakravarty), a revered Chhou (a form of tribal dance) performer from Bengal’s Purulia region. His art supersedes his feelings for a young girl, Maloti (Moumita Gupta). When Manohar is away on a dance tour, Maloti is forced into marriage with Shib (Shankar Chakravarty). She gives birth to Felai, a physically handicapped child. In the entertainment world, the more melodramatic dance form of Jatra is replacing Chhou – and both are endangered by the lure of cinema. Ashamed of his handicapped son, Shib tries to kill him. The boy is saved by Manohar, who raises him and, in doing so, picks up the pieces of his life. Manohar’s backing helps Felai (Kayyum Ali) respond to Chhou rhythms. As he grows into manhood, can Felai recover from his infirmity and restore Chhou in all its splendour?