An Exhibition of Milada Ganguli’s
RUPA-PRATIRUPA – MAN & MASK
The International Festival of Mask, Exhibition and Seminar was organised in New Delhi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of India’s Independence. The festival was a joint venture by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, Sangeet Natak Akademi, National School of Drama, and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts
he five previous exhibitions organised by the IGNCA on Space (Kham), Time (Kala), Form (Akara), The Five elements (Prakriti), and Cosmic Order and Cycle of Seasons (Rtu-Ritu), focussed on the perennial processes of the universe. The next series of IGNCA exhibitions will explore the Person/ Self. Masks is the first in this seris.
Masks are the earliest creation of humans to establish a relationship with, as also replicate and re-create, the outer phenomenal world and the inner person. This is the first exhibition in the series. Masks and their manifold forms of guises are a very significant mode of cultural expression. This is one of the many ways through which cultures have given voice to their powerful cognitions and most subtle emotions, to define their inner and outer realities. In modern urban societies, masks have been devalued and generally considered to be a cosmetic disguise, rarely used on the stage and often deprecated in metaphors of everyday speech. Whereas, in ancient cultures, the mask is regarded as an instrument of revelations, giving form to the formless and the ineffable, and building a bridge between the mundane world of everyday experience and the ‘other’ supersensible domain of gods, sacred entities, invisible powers of nature, and ancestral presences.