Merg­ing his­tory of the world with the sub­con­ti­nent

Cape Times - - WORLD NEWS - Staff Writer

IN THESE pic­tures, res­i­dents cel­e­brate the 41st an­niver­sary of the Indira Gandhi Na­tional Mu­seum of Hu­mankind in Bhopal, In­dia.

It is an an­thro­pol­ogy mu­seum that seeks to merge the “story of the evo­lu­tion of man and cul­ture with special ref­er­ence to In­dia”.

Artists from Megha­laya pre­sented tra­di­tional dances like Shad Kynoi Khon and Shad Pliang and Pyn­ter Orches­tra gave a per­form­ing arts pre­sen­ta­tion at Veethi Sankul open air au­di­to­rium for the oc­ca­sion.

The three-day fes­ti­val also saw devo­tees light the tra­di­tional lamp of Ker­ala “Aal Vi­lakku” con­tain­ing 1 001 wicks to mark the special day.

In Septem­ber In­di­ans also cel­e­brated the Hindu har­vest fes­ti­val known as Onam in Ban­ga­lore where lo­cal Malay­alam peo­ple put dec­o­rated flower mats in front of their houses, to wel­come the King Ma­ha­bali – a past ruler of Ker­ala south­ern In­dia, dur­ing the 10-day fes­ti­val.

On Novem­ber 1 a grand pa­rade was held in Bhopal, In­dia, to mark the 62nd an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Ker­ala state.

Pic­tures: EPA-EFE

CEL­E­BRA­TION: In­dian artists per­form dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions of the 62nd an­niver­sary of the foun­da­tion of Ker­ala state in Bhopal, In­dia.

PRIDE: Lo­cal per­form­ers from Ker­ala state per­form in a cul­tural pro­gramme and a road show dur­ing an event mark­ing the 62nd an­niver­sary.

HAR­VEST: In­dian women wear tra­di­tional at­tire and use petals to dec­o­rate a Pookalam, or flower car­pet, as part of the Hindu har­vest fes­ti­val.

FIERY: Rev­ellers light a tra­di­tional lamp of Ker­ala, known as Aal Vi­lakku, with 1 001 wicks to mark the 41th an­niver­sary of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav San­gra­ha­laya in Bhopal.

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