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January 12, 2017

Theater in the Field

Wearing a mask that represents a character from Hindu mythology, this dancer in Purulia, a city in West Bengal, India, performs a Chhau dance. The dancers play out scenes from mythological events, often performing at festivals and special occasions. In Purulia, the dance form “exhibits the spontaneity of folk art,” writes Your Shot photographer Sarmistha Bera. “This dance form is sustained and developed by the people of Purulia.”

Photograph by Sarmistha Bera, National Geographic Your Shot

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