:: Gomira Dance of Dinajpur Darich.org
In West Bengal, the worship of Shiva has prevailed in many forms, all celebrated at the end of the Bengali month Chaitro (March-April). The Gomira festival of Dinajpur is marked by a Chamunda or Kali-centric masked ritual dance, which always takes place outside the village. The wearer of the mask is often possessed by the spirit of the deity. This dance was showcased in Kolkata by Madhumangal Malakar of South DInajpur with the help of the Ministry of Culture, WB State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Arts & Rabindra Bharati University. Recorded and disseminated with the kind permission of WB State Akademi of Dance, Drama, Music & Visual Arts. The masks used here are the papier mache and sholapith variety - a practice that started more than a 100 years ago and prevails today in tandem with wooden masks.
Date : October 20, 2014
Location : Jorasanko Thakur Dalan, Kolkata, West Bengal
Duration : 10m 24s
Source : Live recording
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Subject : Ritual dance, Dinajpur, Shiva, Chamunda