Street band performing in front of Virupaksha Temple flash-mob style Street band performing in front of Virupaksha Temple flash-mob style
27 Sep 2012

It was in the evening in the main street of Hampi. I was loitering aimlessly when suddenly this street band just appeared out of nowhere and started banging on their drums. There was also a string of trumpeters accompanying them at the right timing.

The locals and tourists were taken by surprise and were thoroughly delighted by the flash-mob style performance. Some of the old local ladies nearby started to strut spontaneously with the drum beat. Behind the street band is the iconic gopura of the 7th century-built Virupaksha Temple that is still in use up to today. Hampi was the seat of power during the days of the Vijayanagara Empire that conquered South India.

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