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Missing in the migrant story, silenced in the ‘atmanirbharta’ clamour

By Joyita Mondal
Joyita Mondal speaks to Pawan Dhall on the precarious situation of Launda dancers from North Bengal stranded in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh because of the lockdown
The photograph shows a young Launda dancer from West Bengal posing for the camera somewhere in Bihar before a performance. She is seated in a graceful pose on a wooden stage, dressed in a bright mauve ‘ghagra-choli’, and smiling at the camera while forming a love sign with her hands. Her face has been blurred to maintain confidentiality. The stage is well lit and has a decorative covering. Sound and light equipment for the stage can be seen piled up behind the dancer. Another dancer can be seen twirling on the stage – only partially visible to the right side of the photograph. Photo courtesy Joyita Mondal
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