Saturday, April 18, 2009

MukhaKhail/MaskDance

Practiced in the Tarai Region of Jalpaiguri district of Northern parts of Bengal. Mask dance practiced by the rural people representing various ethnic groups. Masks are made locally using locally available wood. Kushmandi Block is the main centre at present. Masks of animals like monkey, Tiger, Gods & Goddesses such as Kali, Shiva, and also of some fictitious comic characters Bura-Buri are made. Male dancers wear these masks with suitable attire and perform. The dancers are accompanied by drummers and local flute players.
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