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May 2001 - Tirupathi to New Delhi

We end up in the suburbs of New Delhi but manage to catch an incredible dance concert

Duncan exclaiming over his birthday pastries onboard the Tamil Nadu Express We spent two nights on the train from Chennai (which we reached by train from Tirupathi) to Delhi.  Because we were in first class, we had our own sink and a bit more room Yoga on the train What the world looks like through the smoky windows of the train.  This is one reason we really liked travelling by bus
Basket full of chicks.  When the train stopped, it was fun to jump off and see what was going on on the platform These are all baskets of chicks Chicks Baskets
Tote and baby chick Out the window again Sunset on the second night Maggie buying a snack
Duncan working in our fancy hotel room. India, contrary to common conception, has fancy places as well as slums. The fancy swimming pool Kuchipudi dance recital by Guda Anuradha and Adidam Veavathi, disciples of Sri K.V. Subrahmanyam.  One nice thing about Delhi is that there are a wealth of free cultural events.
Kuchipudi is one of six classical dance styles of India. Kuchipudi is indigenous to the state of Andhra Pradesh and differs from the other five classical styles by the inclusion of singing.   Traditionally, the dancers were male, but in modern times woman have become dancers.  Compared to Kathekali, the make up was much more elaborate and this performance was much, much more athletic.  The singing was interesting and fascinating.   The dancers' slippers are painted on  
Shrine on the stage.  Traditionally, Kuchipudi begins with the sprinkling of holy water and the burning of incense.  Reading the paper By appointment to the Viceroy of India.  Check out the motto on the Viceroy's coat of arms! New building near our rooms at the YMCA.  We liked the scaffolding