Posted on: 11 February 2016

Illustration from:
Voyages Dans l'Inde
By Prince Alexis Soltykoff (1806-1859)
Published by Garnier Freres, Paris - 1858
In French

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background looks like Mahabalipuram. The women in the foreground are fully dressed for the dance. They are probably temple dancers and every popular temple had sufficient number of them.(devadaasis)