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  • Muslim women spend time at Shah-i-hamdaan in the old town.Muslim women spend time at Shah-i-hamdaan in the old town.
  • A group of men gather before a vendor selling vegetables.A group of men gather before a vendor selling vegetables.
  • Babbu Bhaat operates puppets in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.Babbu Bhaat operates puppets in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.
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      New Delhi, New Delhi, New Delhi, India - 15/03/2017: Babbu Bhaat operates puppets in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.
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  • Arun Bhaat performs Kacchi Ghori dance (a traditional Rajasthani folk dance) in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.Arun Bhaat performs Kacchi Ghori dance (a traditional Rajasthani folk dance) in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.
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      New Delhi, New Delhi, New Delhi, India - 15/03/2017: Arun Bhaat performs Kacchi Ghori dance (a traditional Rajasthani folk dance) in the Kathputhli Colony (Puppeteers' Colony) in New Delhi. The colony is a slum where, for the last fifty years, more than 3000 families of puppeteers, magicians, acrobats, singers, dancers have lived. The DDA (Delhi Development Authority) in 2010 initiated the redevelopment project of the colony on public-private partnership basis and the project was granted to Raheja Developers. As per the plan, the residents of the colony will be relocated in 10-storey apartments on the 5.2 hectare plot. A portion of the land will also be used by the developer to construct its own commercial and residential buildings. There have been protests against the project since then. However, with time many clauses of the tripartite agreement (among the DDA, Raheja Developers and the residents of the colony) have been altered. The matter had led to a legal battle too. The court order says that the residents have to be convinced to shift without recourse to any forceful eviction. Many residents, being satisfied, have moved to the transit camp (developed by Raheja) some 2 kms away from the colony. They are expected to stay here for two years within which time the project will be completed. But many families are yet to be convinced as they think the project will not care of their interests. Therefore the plan and the future of the residents of the colony are still uncertain.
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  • A Nihang Sikh displays martial arts skill during Hola Mohalla festival. Hola Mohalla is a three-day festival started by the tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh for the Nihangs (holy Sikh warrior) to display martial arts techniques and indulge in mock battles. The festival usually begins on the day or the day after the Hindu festival of colors, Holi. It is also an occasion for the Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.A Nihang Sikh displays martial arts skill during Hola Mohalla festival. Hola Mohalla is a three-day festival started by the tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh for the Nihangs (holy Sikh warrior) to display martial arts techniques and indulge in mock battles. The festival usually begins on the day or the day after the Hindu festival of colors, Holi. It is also an occasion for the Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.
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      Anandpur Sahib, Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India - 13/03/2017: A Nihang Sikh displays martial arts skill during Hola Mohalla festival. Hola Mohalla is a three-day festival started by the tenth Sikh Guru Govind Singh for the Nihangs (holy Sikh warrior) to display martial arts techniques and indulge in mock battles. The festival usually begins on the day or the day after the Hindu festival of colors, Holi. It is also an occasion for the Sikh pilgrims to visit the holy town of Anandpur Sahib.
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  • People are found in different mood at Nariman Point at the end of Marine Drive along the coast of Arabian sea.People are found in different mood at Nariman Point at the end of Marine Drive along the coast of Arabian sea.
  • Visitors are surprised by a sudden lashing wave at the pathway leading to Haji Ali Dargah and mosque. It is located on an islet off the coast of Worli. It is an important religious and tourist destination in Mumbai.Visitors are surprised by a sudden lashing wave at the pathway leading to Haji Ali Dargah and mosque. It is located on an islet off the coast of Worli. It is an important religious and tourist destination in Mumbai.
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      Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - 17/09/2016: Visitors are surprised by a sudden lashing wave at the pathway leading to Haji Ali Dargah and mosque. It is located on an islet off the coast of Worli. It is an important religious and tourist destination in Mumbai.
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  • A Muslim woman in burqa walks past a wall graffiti depicting an old Bollywood movie at Bandra.A Muslim woman in burqa walks past a wall graffiti depicting an old Bollywood movie at Bandra.
  • Young people click selfies inside a Ganapati pavilion. Ganapati festival is the most popular festival in Maharashtra that was started by Chatrapati Shivaji and popularized by Tilak.Young people click selfies inside a Ganapati pavilion. Ganapati festival is the most popular festival in Maharashtra that was started by Chatrapati Shivaji and popularized by Tilak.
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      Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - 14/09/2016: Young people click selfies inside a Ganapati pavilion. Ganapati festival is the most popular festival in Maharashtra that was started by Chatrapati Shivaji and popularized by Tilak.
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  • A cyclist, a bullock cart and a bus on the road of Delhi.A cyclist, a bullock cart and a bus on the road of Delhi.
  • Young sikhs display Gatka skills at Shiromni Gatka Akhara at Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh ji Shaheed. Gatka is a traditional Punjabi form of martial art in which wooden sticks are used as swords.Young sikhs display Gatka skills at Shiromni Gatka Akhara at Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh ji Shaheed. Gatka is a traditional Punjabi form of martial art in which wooden sticks are used as swords.
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      Amritsar, Amritsar, Punjab, India - 20/08/2016: Young sikhs display Gatka skills at Shiromni Gatka Akhara at Gurudwara Baba Deep Singh ji Shaheed. Gatka is a traditional Punjabi form of martial art in which wooden sticks are used as swords.
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  • People of all sorts crowd the ghats (steps) of the river Ganges in Varanasi. Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.People of all sorts crowd the ghats (steps) of the river Ganges in Varanasi. Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.
  • Women in colorful dresses walk past mannequins in front of a shop while talking on mobile phone in Varanasi.  Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.Women in colorful dresses walk past mannequins in front of a shop while talking on mobile phone in Varanasi.  Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.
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      Varanasi, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India - 26/06/2016: Women in colorful dresses walk past mannequins in front of a shop while talking on mobile phone in Varanasi. Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.
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  • Children play in the streets of Varanasi. Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.Children play in the streets of Varanasi. Varanasi is a holy town for the Hindus where numerous religious events take place centering the Ganges throughout the year. It is also considered the oldest living town in the world.
  • Khasi people enjoy themselves singing and dancing to traditional music near Shillong in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya is a state in north-east India which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. Previously a part of Assam, Meghalaya became a state in 1972 when the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills came under it. English is the official language of Meghalaya and Christianity its main religion. Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system where the youngest daughter inherits all wealth and she also takes care of her parents. The state is also the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm of rains annually.Khasi people enjoy themselves singing and dancing to traditional music near Shillong in Meghalaya.
Meghalaya is a state in north-east India which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. Previously a part of Assam, Meghalaya became a state in 1972 when the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills came under it. English is the official language of Meghalaya and Christianity its main religion. Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system where the youngest daughter inherits all wealth and she also takes care of her parents. The state is also the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm of rains annually.
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      Shillong, Shillong, Meghalaya, India - 15/05/2016: Khasi people enjoy themselves singing and dancing to traditional music near Shillong in Meghalaya. Meghalaya is a state in north-east India which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. Previously a part of Assam, Meghalaya became a state in 1972 when the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills came under it. English is the official language of Meghalaya and Christianity its main religion. Meghalaya follows a matrilineal system where the youngest daughter inherits all wealth and she also takes care of her parents. The state is also the wettest region of India, recording an average of 12,000 mm of rains annually.
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  • Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu around 60 kms from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. 
By the 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu around 60 kms from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. 
By the 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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      Mamallapuram, Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India - 31/12/2015: Mamallapuram, also known as Mahabalipuram, is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu around 60 kms from the city of Chennai. It is an ancient historic town and was a bustling seaport during the time of Periplus (1st century CE) and Ptolemy (140 CE). Ancient Indian traders who went to countries of South East Asia sailed from the seaport of Mahabalipuram. By the 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • Young people are busy taking selfie on Elliot's Beach in Chennai. Life gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in November-December in Chennai. Elliot's beach is one of the neatest beaches in the capital city, located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu near Besant Nagar. This beach is also famous as the night beach as it is the most preferred spot for the youths to gather and enjoy in the evening.Young people are busy taking selfie on Elliot's Beach in Chennai. Life gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in November-December in Chennai. Elliot's beach is one of the neatest beaches in the capital city, located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu near Besant Nagar. This beach is also famous as the night beach as it is the most preferred spot for the youths to gather and enjoy in the evening.
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      Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - 30/12/2015: Young people are busy taking selfie on Elliot's Beach in Chennai. Life gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in November-December in Chennai. Elliot's beach is one of the neatest beaches in the capital city, located on the eastern coast of Tamil Nadu near Besant Nagar. This beach is also famous as the night beach as it is the most preferred spot for the youths to gather and enjoy in the evening.
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  • A man offers prayer on the street of the temple town of Madurai.A man offers prayer on the street of the temple town of Madurai.
  • A group of women in colorful saris walk on a street in Madurai near Meenakshi temple.A group of women in colorful saris walk on a street in Madurai near Meenakshi temple.
  • A man walks a dog along the Rocky beach in Puducherry. Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. In 1674, Pondicherry became a French colonial possession and remained so till it was transferred to the young republic of India on 16 August 1962. The plan of the city of Puducherry is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter ('White Town') and the Indian quarter ('Black Town'). Many streets retain French names, and villas in French architectural styles are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically in colonial style, with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles. The French language can still be seen on signs and menus, and heard in Puducherry. Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist spots for national and international tourists.A man walks a dog along the Rocky beach in Puducherry. Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. In 1674, Pondicherry became a French colonial possession and remained so till it was transferred to the young republic of India on 16 August 1962. The plan of the city of Puducherry is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter ('White Town') and the Indian quarter ('Black Town'). Many streets retain French names, and villas in French architectural styles are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically in colonial style, with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles. The French language can still be seen on signs and menus, and heard in Puducherry. Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist spots for national and international tourists.
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      Puducherry, India - 25/12/2015: A man walks a dog along the Rocky beach in Puducherry. Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry is a Union Territory of India. In 1674, Pondicherry became a French colonial possession and remained so till it was transferred to the young republic of India on 16 August 1962. The plan of the city of Puducherry is based on the French grid pattern and features perpendicular streets. The town is divided into two sections: the French Quarter ('White Town') and the Indian quarter ('Black Town'). Many streets retain French names, and villas in French architectural styles are a common sight. In the French quarter, the buildings are typically in colonial style, with long compounds and stately walls. The Indian quarter consists of houses lined with verandas and with large doors and grilles. The French language can still be seen on signs and menus, and heard in Puducherry. Puducherry is one of the most popular tourist spots for national and international tourists.
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  • A snack stand on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.A snack stand on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.
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      Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - 24/12/2015: A snack stand on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.
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  • A man walks past cut-outs of film actors that are lined up on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.A man walks past cut-outs of film actors that are lined up on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.
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      Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India - 24/12/2015: A man walks past cut-outs of film actors that are lined up on Marina Beach in Chennai. Life in Chennai gets back to normalcy after the devastating floods in December 2015. Marina Beach is one of the most renowned beaches of Tamil Nadu. Besides this, it is the longest beach in India and also the second longest beach in the world, which stretches to a length of 13 km. It lies on the eastern side of the city, bordering the Bay of Bengal. It provides the visitors with the most captivating view of the scenic beauty.
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  • To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.
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      Kisama, Kohima, Nagaland, India - 04/12/2015: To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.
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  • To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.
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      Kisama, Kohima, Nagaland, India - 03/12/2015: To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of all the sixteen tribes of Nagaland, the Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December. The festival was first held in the year 2000. It is named after the Indian hornbill, the large and colourful bird which is much admired by the tribes of the state. Hornbill festival is held at the Naga Heritage Village in Kisama, some twelve kilometers away from the state capital, Kohima. All the tribes of Nagaland take part in this festival. For visitors the festival offers an opportunity to understand the tribal culture of Nagaland. The Traditional Naga Morungs and the sale of indigenous artifacts provide additional attraction.
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  • People carry an idol of lord Ganesha for immersion into the Arabian sea in Mumbai. Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganapati festival is celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha with much pomp and vigour in Maharastra, particularly Pune and Mumbai. It continues for ten days when people pay respect to the deity both at home and public pavilions. The festival ends when the idols are immersed in a body of water. Though the origin of the festival remains unknown, it was first popularized by Shivaji in Pune and later revived by Lokmanya Tilak  as a public event to generate nationalistic fervor during India’s struggle for Independence.People carry an idol of lord Ganesha for immersion into the Arabian sea in Mumbai. Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganapati festival is celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha with much pomp and vigour in Maharastra, particularly Pune and Mumbai. It continues for ten days when people pay respect to the deity both at home and public pavilions. The festival ends when the idols are immersed in a body of water. Though the origin of the festival remains unknown, it was first popularized by Shivaji in Pune and later revived by Lokmanya Tilak  as a public event to generate nationalistic fervor during India’s struggle for Independence.
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      Mumbai, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India - 27/09/2015: People carry an idol of lord Ganesha for immersion into the Arabian sea in Mumbai. Ganesha Chaturthi or Ganapati festival is celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god Ganesha with much pomp and vigour in Maharastra, particularly Pune and Mumbai. It continues for ten days when people pay respect to the deity both at home and public pavilions. The festival ends when the idols are immersed in a body of water. Though the origin of the festival remains unknown, it was first popularized by Shivaji in Pune and later revived by Lokmanya Tilak as a public event to generate nationalistic fervor during India’s struggle for Independence.
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  • Kushti or traditional mud wrestling is an ancient sport in India and had been patronized by kings and princes in the past. It still survives as a popular sport in many parts of India. Kolhapur in Maharashtra is one such place where kushti is taken very seriously. Many people come here to stay and learn the art while living and cooking together in akhadas (gymnasium). Wrestlers start their day very early and practice in a mud pit. The mud is carefully prepared with honey and water. Besides, they sprinkle mud on their bodies because that helps them get a better grip during bouts.  Every akhada has an idol of Hanumana as the wrestlers consider him to be their patron god. Since the success of Indian wrestlers in the Olympics there is an interest in practising on mattresses instead of carrying on the tradition of mud wrestling.Kushti or traditional mud wrestling is an ancient sport in India and had been patronized by kings and princes in the past. It still survives as a popular sport in many parts of India. Kolhapur in Maharashtra is one such place where kushti is taken very seriously. Many people come here to stay and learn the art while living and cooking together in akhadas (gymnasium). Wrestlers start their day very early and practice in a mud pit. The mud is carefully prepared with honey and water. Besides, they sprinkle mud on their bodies because that helps them get a better grip during bouts.  Every akhada has an idol of Hanumana as the wrestlers consider him to be their patron god. Since the success of Indian wrestlers in the Olympics there is an interest in practising on mattresses instead of carrying on the tradition of mud wrestling.
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      Kolhapur, Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India - 23/09/2015: Kushti or traditional mud wrestling is an ancient sport in India and had been patronized by kings and princes in the past. It still survives as a popular sport in many parts of India. Kolhapur in Maharashtra is one such place where kushti is taken very seriously. Many people come here to stay and learn the art while living and cooking together in akhadas (gymnasium). Wrestlers start their day very early and practice in a mud pit. The mud is carefully prepared with honey and water. Besides, they sprinkle mud on their bodies because that helps them get a better grip during bouts. Every akhada has an idol of Hanumana as the wrestlers consider him to be their patron god. Since the success of Indian wrestlers in the Olympics there is an interest in practising on mattresses instead of carrying on the tradition of mud wrestling.
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  • Muslims buy fruits near Charminar during the holy month of Ramadan.Muslims buy fruits near Charminar during the holy month of Ramadan.
  • Karate practice session is conducted by a martial art school during Summer Camp on the sea beach at Digha. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.Karate practice session is conducted by a martial art school during Summer Camp on the sea beach at Digha. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.
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      Digha, West Bengal, India - 05/06/2015: Karate practice session is conducted by a martial art school during Summer Camp on the sea beach at Digha. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.
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  • A man with a horse walks past plastic balls kept for sale to tourista at Digha sea beach. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.A man with a horse walks past plastic balls kept for sale to tourista at Digha sea beach. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.
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      Digha, West Bengal, India - 04/06/2015: A man with a horse walks past plastic balls kept for sale to tourista at Digha sea beach. Digha in East Midnapore district of West Bengal is a seaside resort town about 187 kms from Kolkata. It has a sand beach extending up to 7 km. Renowned as the most popular seaside travel destination of the people of West Bengal, Digha is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is mostly famous as a weekend destination for kolkatans.
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  • Buddhist monks pray to lord Buddha at Mahabodhi temple complex as a part of Buddha Purnima celebrations at Bodh Gaya, the place where lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Day) is observed traditionally by Buddhists in different places all over the world. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.Buddhist monks pray to lord Buddha at Mahabodhi temple complex as a part of Buddha Purnima celebrations at Bodh Gaya, the place where lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Day) is observed traditionally by Buddhists in different places all over the world. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
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      Bodh Gaya, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India - 04/05/2015: Buddhist monks pray to lord Buddha at Mahabodhi temple complex as a part of Buddha Purnima celebrations at Bodh Gaya, the place where lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Buddha Purnima (Buddha Day) is observed traditionally by Buddhists in different places all over the world. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment (nirvāna), and death (Parinirvāna) of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.
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  • Women pluck tea leaves at Makaibari tea garden. Set up in 1859 off Kurseong in the Darjeeling hills the Makaibari estate is the world’s first tea factory. Swaraj Kumar Banerjee aka Rajah Banerjee, the great-grandson of the founder (GIrish Chandra Banerjee), has taken it to an altogether new height. Organically produced tea of Makaibari fetched a record price of $1,850 (around Rs 1.12 lakh) per kg. It became the official tea partner at Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was served at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, a couple of years ago Rajah sold off almost 90% stake to the Luxmi Group as his sons were not interested to run the family business. But he still remains the chairman of Makaibari Tea & Trading Co Pvt Ltd and the face of the company. The Luxmi Group promises to bring in accounting expertise and develop distribution network further to help Makaibari become a much bigger brand.Women pluck tea leaves at Makaibari tea garden. Set up in 1859 off Kurseong in the Darjeeling hills the Makaibari estate is the world’s first tea factory. Swaraj Kumar Banerjee aka Rajah Banerjee, the great-grandson of the founder (GIrish Chandra Banerjee), has taken it to an altogether new height. Organically produced tea of Makaibari fetched a record price of $1,850 (around Rs 1.12 lakh) per kg. It became the official tea partner at Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was served at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, a couple of years ago Rajah sold off almost 90% stake to the Luxmi Group as his sons were not interested to run the family business. But he still remains the chairman of Makaibari Tea & Trading Co Pvt Ltd and the face of the company. The Luxmi Group promises to bring in accounting expertise and develop distribution network further to help Makaibari become a much bigger brand.
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      Makaibari, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India - 31/03/2015: Women pluck tea leaves at Makaibari tea garden. Set up in 1859 off Kurseong in the Darjeeling hills the Makaibari estate is the world’s first tea factory. Swaraj Kumar Banerjee aka Rajah Banerjee, the great-grandson of the founder (GIrish Chandra Banerjee), has taken it to an altogether new height. Organically produced tea of Makaibari fetched a record price of $1,850 (around Rs 1.12 lakh) per kg. It became the official tea partner at Beijing Olympics in 2008 and was served at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, a couple of years ago Rajah sold off almost 90% stake to the Luxmi Group as his sons were not interested to run the family business. But he still remains the chairman of Makaibari Tea & Trading Co Pvt Ltd and the face of the company. The Luxmi Group promises to bring in accounting expertise and develop distribution network further to help Makaibari become a much bigger brand.
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  • A Jain priest offers flowers at the feet of the giant monolithic statue of lord Gomateshwara Bahubali in Shravanabelagola near Mysore. It is considered as the largest monolithic statue in the world as Shravanabelagola is one of the most important site of pilgrimage for the Jains.A Jain priest offers flowers at the feet of the giant monolithic statue of lord Gomateshwara Bahubali in Shravanabelagola near Mysore. It is considered as the largest monolithic statue in the world as Shravanabelagola is one of the most important site of pilgrimage for the Jains.
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      Shravanabelagola, Mysore, Karnataka, India - 28/12/2014: A Jain priest offers flowers at the feet of the giant monolithic statue of lord Gomateshwara Bahubali in Shravanabelagola near Mysore. It is considered as the largest monolithic statue in the world as Shravanabelagola is one of the most important site of pilgrimage for the Jains.
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  • A trader rides his horse displaying its agility to attract prospective buyers at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.A trader rides his horse displaying its agility to attract prospective buyers at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.
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      Sonepur, Sonepur, Bihar, India - 09/11/2014: A trader rides his horse displaying its agility to attract prospective buyers at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.
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  • Children enjoy water bubble spray at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.Children enjoy water bubble spray at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.
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      Sonepur, Sonepur, Bihar, India - 09/11/2014: Children enjoy water bubble spray at Sonepur fair ground. The Sonepur Cattle Fair is the largest cattle fair in Asia and begins every year on the full moon day of November on the confluence of river Ganges and Gandak at Sonepur in Bihar, India. It has its origins during ancient times and is also known as Harihar Kshetra Mela. It stretches from fifteen days to one month drawing visitors from India and abroad. Though all kinds of products (ranging from garments and furniture to cars and weapons) are sold here the main attraction centers around various breeds of animals and birds. There are separate areas where horses, cows, buffalos are bought and sold. Elephants are also traded but not directly as there has been a ban on buying and selling of elephants.
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  • Students of Jadavpur University shout slogans in protest and continue demanding the Vice Chancellor's resignation in the wake of the police brutality on the campus on 16 September when they were agitating against the molestation of a girl student.Students of Jadavpur University shout slogans in protest and continue demanding the Vice Chancellor's resignation in the wake of the police brutality on the campus on 16 September when they were agitating against the molestation of a girl student.
  • Porters carry loads in Burra Bazaar. Burra Bazaar (Big Market) is the commercial nucleus of Kolkata and is one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Right from the British East India Company days it has been in existence. The whole area is further divided into about twenty-five specialized sub-markets which are called by the name of items sold there. Burra Bazaar is extremely congested and remains abuzz throughout the day. The merchants are mostly non-Bengalis while the countless porters and labourers who work here usually come from neighbouring state of Bihar. Burra Bazaar caters to people not only of West Bengal but other parts of India as well.Porters carry loads in Burra Bazaar. Burra Bazaar (Big Market) is the commercial nucleus of Kolkata and is one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Right from the British East India Company days it has been in existence. The whole area is further divided into about twenty-five specialized sub-markets which are called by the name of items sold there. Burra Bazaar is extremely congested and remains abuzz throughout the day. The merchants are mostly non-Bengalis while the countless porters and labourers who work here usually come from neighbouring state of Bihar. Burra Bazaar caters to people not only of West Bengal but other parts of India as well.
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      Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India - 17/10/2014: Porters carry loads in Burra Bazaar. Burra Bazaar (Big Market) is the commercial nucleus of Kolkata and is one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Right from the British East India Company days it has been in existence. The whole area is further divided into about twenty-five specialized sub-markets which are called by the name of items sold there. Burra Bazaar is extremely congested and remains abuzz throughout the day. The merchants are mostly non-Bengalis while the countless porters and labourers who work here usually come from neighbouring state of Bihar. Burra Bazaar caters to people not only of West Bengal but other parts of India as well.
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  • The idol of goddess Durga is being immersed into the waters of the Hooghly riveron the last day of Durga puja festival. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.The idol of goddess Durga is being immersed into the waters of the Hooghly riveron the last day of Durga puja festival. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.
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      Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India - 03/10/2014: The idol of goddess Durga is being immersed into the waters of the Hooghly riveron the last day of Durga puja festival. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.
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  • Members of a traditional aristocratic house discuus a point after the performance of the farewell rituals on the last day of Durga puja festival in Kolkata. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.Members of a traditional aristocratic house discuus a point after the performance of the farewell rituals on the last day of Durga puja festival in Kolkata. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.
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      Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India - 03/10/2014: Members of a traditional aristocratic house discuus a point after the performance of the farewell rituals on the last day of Durga puja festival in Kolkata. Five-day long Durga puja festival is fervently celebrated in West Bengal in particular and India in general by the HIndu population. Bengali Hindus enjoy themselves heartily during these days hopping from one temporary pavilion to another round the clock.
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  • An elderly man urinates while watching a film poster in Kolkata, India.An elderly man urinates while watching a film poster in Kolkata, India.
  • A boy having ice cream passes two sleeping rickshaw-pullers in old Delhi. Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1639 and it remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal rule. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court together with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, losing its past glory, it exists as an extremely crowded and dilapidated place, inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population.A boy having ice cream passes two sleeping rickshaw-pullers in old Delhi. Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1639 and it remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal rule. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court together with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, losing its past glory, it exists as an extremely crowded and dilapidated place, inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population.
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      Old Delhi, Delhi, Delhi, India - 10/03/2014: A boy having ice cream passes two sleeping rickshaw-pullers in old Delhi. Old Delhi was founded as Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1639 and it remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal rule. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court together with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, losing its past glory, it exists as an extremely crowded and dilapidated place, inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population.
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  • Devotees enjoy themselves singing bhajans (devotional song) at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction.
Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi  but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.Devotees enjoy themselves singing bhajans (devotional song) at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction.
Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi  but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.
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      Nandgaon, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India - 09/03/2014: Devotees enjoy themselves singing bhajans (devotional song) at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction. Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.
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  • Devotees enjoy themselves at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction.
Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi  but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.Devotees enjoy themselves at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction.
Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi  but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.
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      Nandgaon, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India - 09/03/2014: Devotees enjoy themselves at Krishna temple in Nandgaon on Holi when the atmosphere becomes electric as colours are sprayed from every direction. Barsana, a village near Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, observes Holi with tremendous enthusiasm every year. Men from Nandgaon come to play Holi but are greeted, besides colours, with sticks by the womenfolk. Hence, the Holi get its new name here-Lathmaar Holi. The next day, it is the turn of men of Barsana. They reciprocate by invading Nandgaon. The celebrations are filled with clouds of colours and of course, much music and fun.
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  • Santhali women perform a group dance during a festive celebration. The Santhal are the largest tribal community in India. They have a distinct culture of their own, mainly reflected in painting, dancing and singing. Group dancing and singing is the most important medium to express their joy and happiness. The three most important instruments in Santhali music are two kinds of drums, one Tumdak and the other Tamak, and Tiriao or flute.Santhali women perform a group dance during a festive celebration. The Santhal are the largest tribal community in India. They have a distinct culture of their own, mainly reflected in painting, dancing and singing. Group dancing and singing is the most important medium to express their joy and happiness. The three most important instruments in Santhali music are two kinds of drums, one Tumdak and the other Tamak, and Tiriao or flute.
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      Bolpur, West Bengal, India - 24/02/2014: Santhali women perform a group dance during a festive celebration. The Santhal are the largest tribal community in India. They have a distinct culture of their own, mainly reflected in painting, dancing and singing. Group dancing and singing is the most important medium to express their joy and happiness. The three most important instruments in Santhali music are two kinds of drums, one Tumdak and the other Tamak, and Tiriao or flute.
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  • Women coming out of a clothes shop.Women coming out of a clothes shop.
  • Draupadi is a play directed by Heisnam Kanhailal (a leading theatre director from Manipur, India), based on a short story by Mahasweta Devi.Draupadi is a play directed by Heisnam Kanhailal (a leading theatre director from Manipur, India), based on a short story by Mahasweta Devi.
  • Crowd watching a wrestling match on a street of Kolkata, India. Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, throbs with life and is often considered the paradise of street photography.Crowd watching a wrestling match on a street of Kolkata, India. Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal, throbs with life and is often considered the paradise of street photography.
  • Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.Kathakali is a highly stylized classical Indian dance-drama noted for the attractive make-up of characters, elaborate costumes, detailed gestures and well-defined body movements presented in tune with the anchor playback music and complementary percussion.
  • Men with bodies painted as tigers chat before hitting the road for Puli Kali. Puli Kali is a colorful recreational folk art performed in Kerala in India. It is performed by artists who entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations, performers painted like tigers in bright colors dance to the beat of instruments and move along a road in the city of Thrissur. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers'.Men with bodies painted as tigers chat before hitting the road for Puli Kali. Puli Kali is a colorful recreational folk art performed in Kerala in India. It is performed by artists who entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations, performers painted like tigers in bright colors dance to the beat of instruments and move along a road in the city of Thrissur. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers'.
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      Thrissur, Kerala, India - 19/09/2013: Men with bodies painted as tigers chat before hitting the road for Puli Kali. Puli Kali is a colorful recreational folk art performed in Kerala in India. It is performed by artists who entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations, performers painted like tigers in bright colors dance to the beat of instruments and move along a road in the city of Thrissur. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the 'play of the tigers'.
      Credit: Subhendu Sarkar
  • Two men wade through a water-logged street in Kolkata while a street dog watches them from a raised platform. Heavy rains during monsoon create problems for the city dwellers and also is a source of environmental pollution.Two men wade through a water-logged street in Kolkata while a street dog watches them from a raised platform. Heavy rains during monsoon create problems for the city dwellers and also is a source of environmental pollution.
  • A sadhu and a goat on the ghats of Varanasi. Varanasi (also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi) is a holy city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga).A sadhu and a goat on the ghats of Varanasi. Varanasi (also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi) is a holy city on the banks of the Ganges (Ganga).

 

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