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Through The Community - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0017

From Seng Khasi Hall the parade passes through the community on route to the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed.

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Leading the Street Parade - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0031

Security is high to ensure all goes well as the parade passes through the community on route to the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed.

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Khasi Parade - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe - KTDM '_DSC0041

The Khasi parade passes through the community on route to the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed.

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Security - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0029

Security is high to ensure all goes well as the parade passes through the community on route to the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed.

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Khasi Passing By - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0047

The Khasi parade on route to the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed.

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Mission Accomplished - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0048

Security personnel enter the ground where the 'Thanks Giving Dance' will be performed just ahead of the Khasi parade - all safe.

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Parade Enters - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0049

The Khasi parade enters the ground where they will perform their traditional 'Thanks giving Dance'.

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Thanks Giving - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0051

Having entered the dancing ground members of Seng Khasi pause for a while and pay their respects.

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Centre Stage - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0052

Khasi religious items are placed in the centre of the dancing ground where the performance will take place.

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Their Religion - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0054

Khasi religious items are placed in the centre of the dancing ground where the performance will take place.

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Dancing Around - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0154

The field where the dances are performed is marked out with an inner circle where the females dance and an outer circle where the males perform. Usually a capacity crowd is seated all around the field.

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Traditional Attire - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0169

Khasi traditional dances are performed in various locations in the East and West Khasi Hills on weekends during the months preceding the monsoon season. Performers take great pride in presenting themselves in the traditional Khasi attire.

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Dividing Line - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0101a

The female performers take to the inner circle of the field to perform whilst the males, as their defenders, take to the outer circle. Traditional Khasi dances are steeped in meaning. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance is held throughout the Khasi Hills during the Springtime and is associated with nature rejuvenating itself, seeds are sewn and the hope of a good harvest to come. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi particularly the female role. This is due to Khasi Matrilineal system. In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females which relate to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Side Of The Line - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0105a

The female dancers take to the inner circle of the field to perform whilst the males, as their defenders, take to the outer circle. Traditional Khasi dances are steeped in meaning. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance is held throughout the Khasi Hills during the Springtime and is associated with nature rejuvenating itself, seeds are sewn and the hope of a good harvest to come. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi particularly the female role. This is due to Khasi Matrilineal system. In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females which relate to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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The Khasi Dance Field - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0152

Traditional Khasi dances are steeped in meaning. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance is held throughout the Khasi Hills during the Springtime and is associated with nature rejuvenating itself, seeds are sewn and the hope of a good harvest to come. This dance is said to be the most important of Khasi cultural heritage. not just the aspects of the dance, but also the traditional music and instruments played, drums, cymbals, and the Tangmuri (musical pipe). For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Once Banned - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0149

Now free to perform their traditional dances to their own music many Khasi’s of all age groups are eagerly participating.

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Khasi Men Perform - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0125

Traditional Khasi dance is performed by men and women alike and is growing in popularity amongst all age groups. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Tradition Continues - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0101

Colourful traditional Khasi dance and music once banned now back as vibrant as ever.

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The Defenders - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe - KTDM '_DSC0116

The Thanks Giving Dance is usually performed by both male and female performers of all ages. The females take to the inner circle of the field to perform whilst the males, as their defenders, take to the outer circle. Traditional Khasi dances are steeped in meaning. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance is held throughout the Khasi Hills during the Springtime and is associated with nature rejuvenating itself, seeds are sewn and the hope of a good harvest to come. This dance is said to be the most important of Khasi cultural heritage. not just the aspects of the dance, but also the traditional music and instruments played.

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The Dance - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0132

The Thanks Giving Dance is usually performed by both male and female performers of all ages. A prerequisite is that all females taking part have to be virgins. In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females which relate to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Tradition Continues - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0101

Colourful traditional Khasi dance and music once banned now back as vibrant as ever.

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Understanding - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC4340

In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females relates to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Seng Khasi - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0136

Seng Khasi is the organisation of the indigenous Khasi. Its aims are to protect the customs and traditions of the indigenous Khasi. Traditional Khasi dances are steeped in meaning. The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance is held throughout the Khasi Hills during the Springtime and is associated with nature rejuvenating itself, seeds are sewn and the hope of a good harvest to come. In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females which relate to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life.

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Eyes Down - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0073

In understanding the Khasi way of life helps to understand their dances such as from the movement of their feet to the downcast eyes of the females which relate to the Khasi culture and tradition - their way of life. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Traditional Ornaments - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0074

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - a crown with flowers attached, gold earrings, necklace of coral and gold.

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More Than Just A Crown - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0063

The silver crown rests on a knot of hair which has been purposely fastened to level the head for placing the crown. It is at this position of the knot that the 'Lasubon' is attached along with a bunch of flowers. The silver crown carries a great in depth meaning and significants. Further information is available on request - all enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Silver Crown - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0126

The silver crown rests on a knot of hair which has been purposely fastened to level the head for placing the crown. It is at this position of the knot that the 'Lasubon' is attached along with a bunch of flowers. The silver crown carries a great in depth meaning and significants.

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Steeped in Meaning - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0097

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - a crown with flowers attached, gold earrings, necklace of coral and gold, Further information is available on request - all enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Gold - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0090

Traditional female Khasi attire for the Thanks Giving Dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as the gold earrings. Further information is available on request - all enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Down The Back - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0076

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - the silver 'U Sai Khyllong' which hangs down their back to their waist. Further information is available on request - all enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Accompaniment - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0137

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - the silver 'U Sai Khyllong' which hangs down their back to their waist. This silver strand ornament 'is an accompaniment to the cascading hair'.

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'Taj' and 'Mahu' - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0136 a

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - silver chains adorn the female performers along with a silver or gold 'Taj rupa' or Armlets, on each arm and a silver or gold 'Mahu rupa' or Fore-wristlets on each wrist.

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On The Wrist - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0095

Both male and female attire for this dance is steeped in meaning from the costumes to all of the ornaments such as for the female - silver chains adorn the female performers along with a silver or gold 'Mahu rupa' or Fore-wristlets around each wrist.

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All Ages - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0127

The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi particularly the female role. This is due to Khasi Matrilineal system. The Thanks Giving Dance is usually performed by both male and female performers. A prerequisite is that all females taking part have to be virgins.

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Khasi - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0101

The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi particularly the female role. This is due to Khasi Matrilineal system. The Thanks Giving Dance is usually performed by both male and female performers. A prerequisite is that all females taking part have to be virgins.

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The Future - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0091

The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi particularly the female role. This is due to Khasi Matrilineal system. The Thanks Giving Dance is usually performed by both male and female performers of all ages. A prerequisite is that all females taking part have to be virgins.

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White Hair Whisp - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0107

In the Thanks Giving Dance when held in the right hand the White Hair Whisp plays an important role - carrying and in-depth meaning. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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U Thuia - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0061

Male performers resemble warriors of a bygone age hence have great significance. A turban is worn to which a 'Thuia' is often fastened - this is a plume which can only be made from 'black and white feathers'.

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Male Traditional Ornaments - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0105

Ornaments worn by male Khasi performers consist of gold earrings, coral and gold necklace which like that of the necklace worn by the females colour and design have great significance.

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Siar Sngab - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0107 a

Male ornaments consist of Siar Sngab (gold earrings), coral and gold necklace which like that of the necklace worn by the females colour and design have great significance. A turban is worn to which a 'Thuia' is often fastened - this is a plume which can only be made from 'black and white feathers'.

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Highly Symbolic - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC4342

Male performers resemble warriors of a bygone age hence their attire has great significance. The most significant part of the male apparel is the silver quiver with the three symbolic arrows. The arrows signify their status as a male and his position in life as a defender of 'himself', his 'clan', and his 'land'. The quiver with three arrows is also used in other ceremonies which the Khasi conduct.

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Silver Chains - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0088

Males also wear silver chains around their body as part of their traditional Khasi dance attire.

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Motifs - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0084

Part of the male Khasi traditional dance attire is a sleeveless jacket which is quite often hand embroidered with motifs of leaves and flowers.

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Quiver And Arrows - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0080

The most significant part of the male apparel is the silver quiver with the three symbolic arrows. The arrows signify their status as a male and his position in life as a defender of 'himself', his 'clan', and his 'land'. The quiver with three arrows is also used in other ceremonies which the Khasi conduct. Part of the male Khasi traditional dance attire is a sleeveless jacket which is quite often hand embroidered with motifs of leaves and flowers. Further information is available on request - all enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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In The Right Hand - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0120

The Hair Whisp is carried in the performers right hand unless he is also carrying a sword then the Hair Whisp is usually carried in the left hand. In the Thanks Giving Dance when held in the right hand the Hair Whisp plays an important role. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life - All enquiries via 'Contact' tab.

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Sword Dance - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0072

The male Khasi perform a 'Sword Dance' which is quite a lively affair. Here the White Hair Whisp is usually carried in the left hand and the sword in the right hand. For the male Khasi the sword signifies he should defend, protect and safeguard any threat to his family.

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Maintaining Tradition - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0078

Young Khasi boy dressed in traditional dance attire.

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Following In Fathers Footsteps - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0129

The Khasi Thanks Giving Dance focuses on the culture and heritage of the Khasi. It is a dance in which Khasi's of all ages are proud to take part. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Back to the Beat - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0155

Khasi musicians performing traditional music on traditional Khasi instruments both of which is said to take a natural talent and many years to master. For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Keeping the Rhythm - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0162

Learning to play the traditional Khasi instruments and music can take many years to accomplish. Both musicians and dancers have to work in unison. The Thanks Giving Dance is said to be the most important of Khasi cultural heritage. Not just the aspects of the dance, but also the traditional music and instruments played, drums, cymbals, and the Tangmuri (musical pipe). For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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Traditional - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC4316

Male and females perform to the music played by musicians at playing traditional music on traditional instruments - drums, cymbals, and the Tangmuri (musical pipe). For more information and or photographs regards the Khasi and their way of life via 'Contact' tab.

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In Time - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM_DSC0163

Learning to play the traditional Khasi instruments and music can take many years to accomplish. Both musicians and dancers have to work in unison. The Thanks Giving Dance is said to be the most important of Khasi cultural heritage. Not just the aspects of the dance, but also the traditional music and instruments played.

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Never Faraway - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0178

Tea is never far away no matter what the occasion.

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Secure to the End - Reportage - 'Plight of the Khasi Tribe' - KTDM _DSC0155

Low key security presence on hand to the end of the day.

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