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In this Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 photo, an Indian Kathakali artist dons a make-up prior to a performance in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, a state on India's southwestern coast some 400 years back. The roots are in Sanskrit temple theater, which, like Japan's Kabuki or Hollywood's silent films, had a glossary of hand gestures and exaggerated movements of the facial muscles to express emotion. Dancers are swathed in robes and yards and yards of petticoat, encrusted with ribbons, tassels and embroidery, ropes of brass chain and plastic beads.

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An Indian Kathakali artist waits to go on stage in Chennai, India. Kathakali is a classical dance that was created in the ancient kingdoms that now make up Kerala, on India’s southwest coast, 400 years ago.

Fishermen carry a box filled with fishes at a fishing harbour in the southern Indian city of Chennai August 30, 2013. India's data points for consumer prices are not robust enough to justify shifting from the current focus on wholesale inflation for monetary policy decisions, Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said on Friday.

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Fishermen carry a box filled with fishes at a fishing harbour in the southern Indian city of Chennai. India’s data points for consumer prices are not robust enough to justify shifting from the current focus on wholesale inflation for monetary policy decisions, Reserve Bank of India Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said on Friday.

An Indian policewoman helps her comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India's Independence Day celebrations in Chennai

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A policewoman helps a comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India’s Independence Day celebrations in Chennai, south India on Tuesday.

Fishermen push their boats transporting baskets full of fishes at a fishing harbour in the southern Indian city of Chennai June 6, 2013. India's central bank will look at other variables, and not just the wholesale price-based inflation, when deciding monetary policy at its review on June 17, Deputy Governor K. C. Chakrabarty said on Wednesday.

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Fishermen push their boats transporting baskets full of fishes at a fishing harbour in the southern Indian city of Chennai. 

Boys play cricket on the Marina beach in the southern Indian city of Chennai

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Boys play cricket on the Marina beach in Chennai, southern India, on Friday