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Tribal life of Bastar: Vibrant culture despite being hit by Maoist insurgency

By Deepanwita Gita Niyogi 

Bastar is known for its vibrant tribal culture. Though hit by Maoist insurgency, it is worthwhile to appreciate its beauty and diversity...
Bastar 1: Women from the Dhurwa community wearing the traditional Pata weave pose for a photo with hanging corns in Gudiya village.
Bastar 2: A man shows dried bamboo shoots carefully stored in his house. These are eaten when there is a shortage of vegetables.
Bastar 3: A youth carries paddy after harvest. Paddy is often carried on the shoulders like this.
Bastar 4: A schoolgirl plays with marigold flowers after school.
Bastar 5: A dev gudi or a sacred grove in Tusel village of Bastar. These are tribal places of worship.
Bastar 6: Homeward bound after a long day of work.
Bastar 7: A family busy in paddy harvest.
Bastar 8: Inside the Kanger Valley National Park, a woman lights a fire on a cold afternoon.
Bastar 10: With many households lacking gas cylinders, fuelwood collection is important for cooking.

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