Weddings are simple and intimate affairs, with communities coming together to share tasks. At this 2009 wedding, youth from the neighbouring villages are headed to the marriage ceremony to play the dhap, a popular local instrument.
Unlike several communities, where the woman's consent is taken for granted, Dongria Kondhs give highest priority to the willingness of a bride. The groom, Lodo Sikakka, has been accepted by his bride-to-be, Telidi.
Telidi is accompanied by female community members (image below) with brass pitchers on their heads to collect water from a perennial mountain spring. Rice is cooked with these waters, and then offered by the bride to Dharani Penu (the Earth Goddess).
The young friends of the bride dance all the way to the Lakhpadar, the village of the groom, eagerly watched on by other villagers.
The beats of the dhaps are integrated into the dance.
Meanwhile, other villagers help to prepare the wedding feast – usually rice, lentils and meat cooked on firewood with minimal oil and spice, and then served on leaf plates.
This little girl is pleased by the day's events.