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Scenes from a Night of Bhavai

 

A night of Bhavai is full of action, both in front of and behind the scenes. A significant amount of ceremonies and preparations take place before the entertainment part kicks off. This image gallery captures the on stage and backstage action and offers a peek into the lives of the Bhavaiyyas, the nomadic tribe that has kept this folk theatre alive since the 14th century. As can be seen in the performance stills what makes Bhavai so engaging and alive is its connectivity with the audience. The wall between the performers and the viewers is non-existent, a feature of folk theatre that the proscenium stage finds hard to match.