The Faces of God Mukhanach

Director: Ravikant Dwivedi
Duration: 36 min

Mukhanāch is the most popular mask dance of north Bengal, closely connected with the Rājavaṁśī tribe of south Dinajpur district. An agrarian mode of celebration by recreating faces of God in dynamics of the myth and orality, it is connected with the celebration for prosperity and peace. Mukhanāch is mainly celebrated during the local Gajon festival in the month of Caitra, linked with cultivation. Another major punctuation of this oral theatric tradition is related with Kālī-Pūjā on Dīpāvalī day. The documentary highlights the oral tradition of Mukhanāch celebration, the mask making and the rituals along with touching upon the myths of the region.

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