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(Banda Kommu Thanda)
As the first purpose of my last travel was to visit 3 schools in tribal areas and as I needed to select lots of those photos for printing and sending, I’ve posted these last days, on TE and on TL (also in WSs) all a series of them FYI as well => if you follow this link, you’ll be able to tour those photos and return to the original post : => next photo : the ladies want to dance, never mind the lessons !
Other topics are : lunchtime at school (= 3 photos), and
children playing at school
(= 4 photos)

About the story behind this photo : as our group (5 persons, including me) arrived at this village school, all the villagers gathered to see us ; the elderly Lambada women wanted first to dance to celebrate the occasion (link to that photo above). The teacher of the kindergarden had lots of trouble maintaining a semblance of order and the children, holding some letters of the Telugu alphabet on which they would work, did not know where to pay attention with their grandmas behind them (first they were rather noisy), while the bigger children inside the building were not following the lesson anymore.
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NB : about the similarities in the costumes of those Lambada women and the Rajasthanis and other tribal people, japiey has added something very interesting in the discussion below and I copy here what he has written : "Dear Friends, The Lambada dialect is predominantly a mixture of SANSKRIT, MARATHI, RAJASTHANI, GUJARATHI and HINDI, and bears the influence of the local language.
They live in small settlements.. known as THANDA.
In Andhra Pradesh, the Lambadas in the TELENGANA region were earlier "denotified tribes", but now they are considered as Scheduled tribes.
Lambada community of the North- West Indian origin lived by their earnings from transportation on the pack bullocks. They even supplied food grains to the MOGHULS when they invaded DECCAN. The tribe was always on the move..and they preserved their cattle and wealth ..for they had to fight the yearly famine that would strike the lands...
So they were seen in many states in India.. and these costumes may have been inspired from their long journeys and stay in many parts of the land...
JP"
=> thanks a lot, JEAN PAUL : I find this particularly interesting and useful !

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