Traditional Hindu Characters Soon to Fill Children’s Toy Market

March 17, 2005

Source: The Telegraph

On March 17, 2005 The Telegraph reported, "Move over Spiderman and Batman, children in Assam could soon discard toys and masks depicting western comic characters for those featuring figures from Hindu mythology. The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, has undertaken a project to popularise masks used in Assamese bhaonas, the collective name for the mythological plays introduced by saint-reformer Sankardev. The traditional masks are made of wood or terracotta, and the most common characters depicted in these are of the demon king Ravan, monkey-god Hanuman and the mythical bird Jatayu."