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6:46 AM / Posted by li i /

item numbers, originally uploaded by Sayantan Bera.

Men dressed as women dance to raunchy bollywood numbers at a weekly market in Bichiya, Mandla district, Madhya Pradesh. For a half an hour show one pays no more than five rupees- while the show is on the gatekeeper lifts the curtain at times for the passerby's to a peek-a-boo. The interesting bit is that women come to watch such shows along with children, though they sit separately from men. While in northern India such shows would be exclusively for men, women are more privileged in these areas populated by the gondh and baiga tribes.


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