Orissi Gotipuas (boy dancers)

Two gotipuas in Orissa, 1985. Photo  1998, David J. Capers Around 1600 A.D., male dancers dressed as females, known as Gotipuas, gained prominence in Odra (ancient Orissa). This may have been due to the Mughal invasion of India, and the accompanying stigma attached to female dancers, even ones in temples.

More Information on Gotipuas at Ratna's Evergreen site.