Five weeks ago, I marvelled at a collection of masks on display at the India Habitat Centre. Sharmila Sen’s exhibition “Art Beyond Tradition” features ninety masks produced by local craftsmen from Bengal. Her aim is to keep alive the dying art form. The artists use papier mache, terracotta, wood and metal. Most depict characters from the classics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. I thought they were charming.

By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.


  1. A lovely photo compilation and an interesting share post, Ian. Masks seem to be so much part of Indian and Asian culture and it’s fascinating to try to understand why they form such a major part of religion and rituals. Slightly grotesque and creepy to a Western eye though, it’s good to understand the reason for this part of culture in many places and it is, as always, lovely to see a dying art and tradition kept alive…

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s