Photos: India’s Border Security Force trades in uniform for ‘Huli Vesa’

At the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 in Delhi, jawans and commandos take to a cultural representation of the states they defend.

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At the Border Security Force Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017, jawans drop their uniform and take on ‘huli vesa,’ where tiger-head masks are worn and animal prints are painted on their bodies as part of a traditional south Indian dance. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

At the Border Security Force Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017, jawans drop their uniform and take on ‘huli vesa,’ where tiger-head masks are worn and animal prints are painted on their bodies as part of a traditional south Indian dance. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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India’s Border Security Force (BSF) officers left no stone unturned to look the part during the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 at Dayal Singh college ground in New Delhi, on Friday, October 13, 2017. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

India’s Border Security Force (BSF) officers left no stone unturned to look the part during the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 at Dayal Singh college ground in New Delhi, on Friday, October 13, 2017. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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BSF officers perform on stage in ‘huli vesa,’ where the body of a tiger is painted on the body and a mask is worn on the face. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

BSF officers perform on stage in ‘huli vesa,’ where the body of a tiger is painted on the body and a mask is worn on the face. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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BSF Jawans from Assam take a selfie with commandos during the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 at Dayal Singh college ground in New Delhi, India, on Friday, October 13, 2017. The meet will continue until Oct 15, 2017. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

BSF Jawans from Assam take a selfie with commandos during the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 at Dayal Singh college ground in New Delhi, India, on Friday, October 13, 2017. The meet will continue until Oct 15, 2017. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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Different states took part in the welfare meet and it was a unique opportunity to see officers out of costume and in traditional wear- a marked departure from their usually appearance. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

Different states took part in the welfare meet and it was a unique opportunity to see officers out of costume and in traditional wear- a marked departure from their usually appearance. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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A Dayal Singh college student handles a multi-barrel launcher on display at the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

A Dayal Singh college student handles a multi-barrel launcher on display at the BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition 2017 in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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Jawans from the BSF Rajasthan Frontier get ready to perform at the BSF Annual Welfare meet and Exhibition 2017, which is on until October 15, 2017 at Dayal Singh College, New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

Jawans from the BSF Rajasthan Frontier get ready to perform at the BSF Annual Welfare meet and Exhibition 2017, which is on until October 15, 2017 at Dayal Singh College, New Delhi. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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The BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition is open to the general public as well, and is a kaleidoscopic representation of the art and culture of India’s frontiers, where the BSF is deployed. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

The BSF Annual Welfare Meet and Exhibition is open to the general public as well, and is a kaleidoscopic representation of the art and culture of India’s frontiers, where the BSF is deployed. (Raj K Raj / HT PHOTO)

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