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Title: Mask dances of Bengal
Authors: Bhattacharya, Asutosh
Keywords: Folk dance
Chhau and Gambhira
Issue Date: 1968
Publisher: Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi
Abstract: This article described various type of mask dance which exist in Bengal. Two are very popular - one is known as the Chhau and the other as the Gambhira dance. Chhau dance is prevalent over the district of Purulia which is situated at the western border of West Bengal. Gambhira is confmed to the district of Maldah, in North Bengal. Both the forms of dance - Chhau and Gambhira are ceremonially performed on the occasion of the annual popular sun-festival of Bengal. Probably two reasons for the adoption of masks on such occasions - one is magical and the other is practical. Through mask dance people representing various Hindu mythological characters.This article also describe making of mask for these popular dances. The masks of Gambhira are made of wood by the carpenters.
Appears in Collections:No.007 [January-March 1968]

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