The history and usage of masks -- for both ceremonial and practical purposes -- dates back to several millennia. The flamboyant presence of masks in many traditional festivals and rituals has a prehistoric origin. Mask making continues to be popular in our country, as it hangs on walls in homes to augment their artistic splendour.
At Shadhona's solo dance festival, Ranga Utsav, a young dancer left the audience awestruck with her graceful Odissi movements on November 10. One would be hard-pressed to speculate anything other than the notion that she had been practicing this particular craft for years. However, the speculation is only partially true.