Bahurupi Culture in the Light of Bakhtin’s Carnivalesque: An Escape from Reality
Souvik Datta
Carnival, Carnivalesque , Social hierarchy, Decarnivalization, Bahurupi.
This paper approaches the Bahurupi Culture of India, spread through many parts of the country, in the light of “Carnivalesque” a concept proposed and popularized by the Russian Philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin in his book Rabelais and His World. This paper will try to elucidate the Bahurupi Culture as an example of the spirit of Carnivalesque where all the social hierarchies are turned upside down and the only law people speak of is the law of freedom. The purpose of this dissertation is to show the importance of Carnivalesque in the lives of the Bahurupis and how they survive when they are out of that carnival world. This paper tries to present the Bahurupi Culture affected by the “decarnivalization” that is the state of these people when they are out of the Carnival world. Much like what Bakhtin proposed Bahurupis enjoy respect in society when they have their disguises on particularly because they put on the guises of Gods. This paper also tries to shine some light upon the Bahurupi art as it is slowly fading away.
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Unique Paper ID: 157057

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 6

Page(s): 360 - 364
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