Wooden Masks of West Bengal

Wooden Masks of West Bengal

Masks, continue to be a part of the socio-cultural tradition of the people of West Bengal. They are being used by the chhou dances of Purulia and the gambhira dances of Malda. Masks used in devil dances and other religious festivals of Darjeeling and Tibet are colourful relics of priesthood. Chhou masks are distinct as mac a len papier mache and no negative would in used. Therefore every mask in a regional piece. These masks usually depict gods, deacons, legendary heroes, and mythological characters. They are excellent in terms of finish, design, and decor. The artisans are mostly centred in the Charida and Bagmundi areas of Purulia district. The Darjeeling masks are usually carved out of soft word painted in bright colours. They symbolise demons and evil mountain spirits.

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