No Events Found In This Domain

Workspace

Bhari Gan: Theatrical Tradition of Assam

Among the variety of traditional dramatic art forms found in Assam, Bhari Gan holds a distinctive place. The art form is found in some pockets of the Goalpara District and its adjoining areas bordering Meghalaya. This folk drama is practised by the Rabha community, more particularly by its Pati-Rabha faction. The Bhari Gan is a ritual play performed by a chorus group of 30 to 35 people. The themes of the plays are mainly from the Ramayana. Some of its striking features are the use of heavy wooden masks, story-telling through songs, combination of both scripted and extempore plots, interspersion of farce acts and ritualistic associations. Through this module an effort has been made to document Bhari Gan and its salient features.