Raja Majuli Mask
Royal Robes Masquerade - from the satras of Majuli, world's largest riverine island
This mask has a bright yellow colored crown, tilak mark on the forehead and a long mustache which display the attire style of a king.
Masks are an integral part of the mukh-bhaona performances of Majuli Island in Assam. Masks are a medium of creative expression used in different performances held during festivals, and in the Vaishnavite narrative theatre called the Bhaona. Deeply embedded in the bhakti movement, the origin of the Bhaona form of theatre is ascribed to the great Vaishnava saint, preacher and reformer Srimanta Sankaradeva. The mask or mukha forms an important component of the Bhaona performance, which helps in making the play attractive, expressive and in grihast or a family run sattra, a very well renowned sattradhikar famous putting the message across.
Samaguri sattra is a sattra, rather a for his exquisite work of mask making. Located 15kms from Kamalabari is Majuli where the artists make various puranic or mythological characters. Interesting how they built up a mask from natural things bamboo, clay, cow dung and cloth. The masks of Majuli have uniqueness.
These are quite light in weight. Masks are made on all the characters of the Mahabharata, Ramayana, and Puranas.
Mask Artist: The mask is made by Khagen Goswami, the Bhaona Play mask artist from Majuli, Assam.