Burra Katha Dancers
Burra Katha dancers are minstrels who tour villages in Andhra, typically in groups of three or four, singing and relating stories from the ancient epics. The art is passed on from generation to generation and the couple on the right, Gandiah and Veeramma Sadula relate a tale from the Mahabharata - wherein queen Draupadi is publicly disrobed. The man on the left is their son Bhikshapati. A conch shell hangs around his neck - and it's blowing is the first sound that opens this scene. Burra Katha is now a dying art, rapidly being replaced by TV. The couple's sons have taken to construction jobs to make ends meet.