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Devil Dancers of Sikkim
Devil Dancers of Sikkim

Devil Dancers of Sikkim 1934


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Devil Dancers of Sikkim 1934

10 mins United Kingdom

The Maharaja and Maharani of 1930s Sikkim approved of and take part in this ethnographic documentary about their 'strange,' 'magic' culture, found on the pilgrim's route to Tibet. Though the awed English narrator admits his 'devil dance' tag is sensationalist, he dismisses the faith the dance represents. The musical instruments are indigenous, the sound recorded on location, until the contrasting credits, with their thrilling, 'Orientalist' tone.

This was one of a number of films made for the Gaumont-British travelogue series titled Secrets of India (a title probably intended to capitalise of the success of the same company's Secrets of Nature)






East and North-East India India on Film: 1899-1947




United Kingdom



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