Photographer's Note

I met these boys and young men in the city of Mangalore on the Indian west coast in the state of Karnataka. They were celebrating the Hindu festival Dassehra (as usual several spellings are available) by dancing in the street painted like some kind of strange cats.

I was reminded by my diary from that journey in 1988 that during the day I met several similar groups painted like animals or Hindu gods.

I made horribly useless scans of this photo and those in the WS years ago, so I was happily surprised that my latest attempt turned out almost perfectly. I was convinced once again that properly stored Kodachrome slides never fade.

Mangalore (now officially Mangaluru) is situated just north of the border with Kerala state. I arrived here after a long train journey from Ernakulam/Kochi. I had no map of the city and was told that no maps existed, so I spent hours walking more or less aimlessly with no idea where I was, just keeping an eye on the direction of the sun and the sloping streets indicating the way towards the sea, which was not seen from inside the city. Somehow I didn't get lost.

I noted in my diary that Mangalore was "not unpleasant, but there are absolutely no interesting sights. It's actually a remarkably anonymous city with a total lack of character".

Mangalore was obviously very much off the tourist track, so understandably there are comparatively few photos from here on TE, at least very few photos actually taken in the city.

I was only there for two nights and a day, including an afternoon visit to the nearest beach, so it wasn't really any waste of time.

Two alternative pictures of the dancing wild cats are in the WS.

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12430 W: 572 N: 23864] (102066)
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  • Date Taken: 1988-10-20
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