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Title: Masks from the archives of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
Authors: Biswas, Kakoli Roy
Keywords: Masks
Issue Date: Jan-2008
Publisher: CSIR
IPC Code: Int. Cl.⁸: B27, G10D
Abstract: Mask, used since antiquity for both ceremonial and practical purposes, are normally worn on the face, typically for protection, concealment, performance, or amusement. Masks are believed to embody the spirit of an ancestor, and symbolize a message of wisdom, prosperity, security, and power. Masks have been worn in cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Masks are made of varied materials including paper, cloth, grass, leather, metal, wood and stone. They are painted with symbolic designs and vivid colours. Masks and their manifold forms are a very significant mode of cultural expression. The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) has a rich collection of masks from all over the world. The paper describes historical background, material used, traditional methods of preparation and cultural significance of masks from the repository of the GNCA. The article also highlights the musicological, psychological and philosophical significance of these masks and focused description of the Chhau masks of West Bengal and Saraikela.
Page(s): 130-133
ISSN: 0972-5938
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.07(1) [January 2008]

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