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In pictures: Navratri festival
Navratri festival. Pictures: Monica Chadha
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The traditional dandiya dance in India's financial capital Mumbai (Bombay) is part of the nine-day Hindu festival of Navratri. Words and pictures: Monica Chadha.
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The festival, which signifies the victory of good over evil, is celebrated across the country but with greater vigour in the western region.
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A curfew on loudspeakers after 2200 put a dampener on festivities so most took the chance to go wild before the deadline.
Navratri festival. Pictures: Monica Chadha
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Organisers had a hi-tech idea to overcome the ban - dancing with wireless headphones. They were available for 100 rupees ($2).
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Sumit Desai (left) and Akshit Parekh danced while the music played but refused to buy the headphones. They said the high entrance fee was quite enough.
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Others gamely boogied on but the sight of girls and boys dancing with no music was an odd experience.
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Luckily for dandiya revellers, the Supreme Court last week relaxed the deadline for some of the days to midnight, allowing the partying to continue.


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