Understanding the Personal Narrative of the Mask-Maker in Mukha Bhaona, the Ritualistic Mask Dance of Majuli District, Assam

Bhumika Singh (Ambedkar University Delhi)

Singh, Bhumika (Ambedkar University Delhi) Mukha Bhaona, the traditional mask dance of Majuli district (a district situated in Assam, Northeastern state of India), is associated with the dramatization of folktales in the form of Ankiya Naat based on Hindu mythology wearing intricately designed handmade masks. I propose to investigate the personal narrative of the mask-maker with the mask through the connection between the Bhaona masks and the mask-makers of Chamaguri Sattra of Majuli district. I also propose to investigate the sacred geography of these cultural masks impacted by the spatiality and socio-ethnic aspects, because Majuli district, being the largest river island, preserves this art form geographically, socially, and culturally.

Part of 02-11 Reconsidering Folk and Self-Taught Art, Thursday, October 13, 10:30 am–12:30 pm