India : Assam : Along the Brahmaputra # 6 Music and Dance

We spent the afternoon relaxing as we cruised up the river.  After dinner we were treated to a musical evening.  A talented group came on board and performed traditional dances and music.


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Here, on the left, Altaaz Papu plays a drum supported by another group member on a different drum.  Altaaz was a consummate performer.  He played any number of different drums, a bamboo flute and performed some acrobatic moves.  He’d win any talent quest.


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Some of the ladies of the group performed a much quieter routine.


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A couple of young boys performed some amazing acrobatic feats.


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Try doing this!


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Drummers and dancers combined for this number.


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To round out the performance these colourfully dressed ladies took to the floor with the lead guy of the troupe.


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He was quite something, having all the costume, movements and looks for the role.


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I wasn’t quite sure what to make of him


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It was also Trevor’s birthday, so the chef made him a cake decorated with pink roses.


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Trevor about to cut his cake…


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now with a little help from the chef.

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Trevor decided it was a good opportunity to get all the cooks together along with Ajit, the maitre de.


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While on deck after the dancing was over, we enjoyed another spectaculat sunset.

We were now actually ahed of our pilot boat!


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The flowering heads of some elephant grass growing along the bank caught the last rays of the setting sun.

Our river journey was almost over but we still had one more day in Assam.

More of that anon.


All Photography Copyright ©  David Young of  jtdytravels

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