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Dancing the Pandav Lila

A number of villages in the Garhwal Himalayas of Uttarakhand continue the tradition of dancing the Pandav Lila, a re-enactment of the Mahabharata.

Dancing the Pandav Lila: continuity and change in Uttarakhand. All images by Jane Dyson

In Bemni, a remote village in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand, villagers have concluded their biennial performance of the Pandav Lila. For 12 consecutive days, village actors danced the stories from the Mahabharata of the five Pandava brothers and their shared wife: a cast of allies and enemies are embroiled in promises and curses, twisting betrayals, and gruesome battles fought with wit and bravery.

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Updated On : 25th May, 2018

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