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Aishwarya Walvekar
‘Not just Shivaji. Address him as Shivaji Maharaj,’ said one of the artists from the play Janata Raja, of which I have been a part for over 15 years.  In the academic world, people are addressed by their names simply without any prefix or titles, unless necessary. This is practised, I speculate, to…
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Aishwarya Walvekar
Shivaji Bhonsle, the founder of the Maratha kingdom in seventeenth-century western India, is an eminent figure from history and popular culture. This module will be focusing on two plays related to Shivaji—Janata Raja and Shivaji Underground in Bhimnagar Mohalla—as well as the Powada tradition from…
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Aishwarya Walvekar
Chhatrapati Shivaji Raje Bhosale, the seventeenth-century king who founded the Maratha Empire, is invoked by Maharashtrians with the words ‘राजे तुम्ही परत या’(Raje, please come back). For societies to perpetuate, they require a past to thrive on. Historical figures—for example, Greece’s Alexander…
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Akhyai Jyoti Mahanta
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Akhyai Jyoti Mahanta
In this interview, he elaborates on the history and glory of Assam’s mask culture, its use and evolution, the significance of masks at Majuli’s Raas festival, and people’s attitude towards masks and mask making.  
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Akhyai Jyoti Mahanta
Assam has a long tradition of mask making. Although bamboo is usually the raw material of choice, wooden masks have been used for centuries by communities in lower Assam and are still common in khuliya bhaona[1] of Darrang district and bhari gan[2] of the Rabha community. (Fig. 1) Masks are…
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Akhyai Jyoti Mahanta
The five-hundred-year-old mask-making tradition of Assam is a unique specimen of the region’s culture and heritage. Srimanta Sankardeva, the great socioreligious reformer of medieval Assam, was the pioneer behind the emergence and growth of this craft in the fifteenth century. The mask tradition…
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