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A festival goer dances during a live music event during the 124th annual Lalon festival in Kushtia, Bangladesh. The Lalon Shah festival is an annual festival celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, who was a Bangladeshi mystic, baul, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance. Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims follow his teachings and attend the festival, which comprises of 3 days of music, dance, and consumption of marijuana, which is referred to as "siddhi", or enlightenment.

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The Lalon Shah festival, in its 24th year in Kushtia, Bangladesh, is an annual event celebrating the life and death of Fakir Lalon Shah, a Bangladeshi mystic, philosopher, musician, writer and advocate of religious tolerance.

A "scissors" dancer grabs her shoe with her mouth while performing in a national scissors dance competition in the outskirts of Lima

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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.